Oct
30
to Dec 15

JOIN STAGEBRIDGE'S FALL 2017 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!

This is one bandwagon we'd love EVERYONE to jump on: DONATE NOW TO JOIN STAGEBRIDGE'S FALL 2017 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!

Studies have shown that Performing Arts keep our bodies and minds healthy and thriving - and at Stagebridge, we'd love to keep it that way. If you or someone you love has benefitted from our programs, please consider supporting us - no amount is too small (or too large)! 

It's easy to donate via credit/debit card, Paypal, checks or cash, NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 15th. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues about Stagebridge, and help our vibrant and creative community thrive!

Find more information here.

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Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

America Untold in Times Unseen- Stagebridge at The Marsh Berkeley

America Untold features Stagebridge storytellers as part of Times Unseen - Stories That Let the Light Come In - The Marsh's ongoing project to chronicle the current political turmoil and its effects on individual lives. This one-night performance showcases the Fall 10-week storytelling class directed by Jeanne Haynes. Void of insults or rants, and with barely a mention of the Administration, tellers will present their personal stories impacted by current political issues in powerful succinct, bite-size pieces with music by classical guitarist Karen Sellenger.

This show is being presented at The Marsh Berkeley Main Stage- 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Tickets $10-$25 sliding scale; $55-100 reserved. More info at (415) 282-3055 or at The Marsh website.

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Dec
13
10:00 AM10:00

FREE: Well-Being Workshop #1: Getting Focused

Stagebridge is hosting a series of four FREE Well-Being Workshops with Sara Armstrong and Susan Brooks Young - and you're invited to join us for one, two, three, or all four 90-minute sessions focused on increasing your well-being! In this first session, we'll focus on...well... "Getting Focused."

Regardless of who you are and what your background is, there are some simple basic things you can do that don’t require a lot of time: some are fun, all are pleasant, and you are not committing to any kind of formal practice.

Please RSVP at (510) 444-4755 to attend this 90-minute FREE event on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St., Oakland, CA. 

Location and parking information at: http://www.stagebridge.org/parking-at-stagebridge/

 

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Dec
13
1:00 PM13:00

FREE: Well-Being Workshop #2: Empathy

Stagebridge is hosting a series of four FREE Well-Being Workshops with Sara Armstrong and Susan Brooks Young - and you're invited to join us for one, some or all four sessions focused on increasing your well-being! Session #2 focuses on "Empathy."

Regardless of who you are and what your background is, there are some simple basic things you can do that don’t require a lot of time: some are fun, all are pleasant, and you are not committing to any kind of formal practice.

Please RSVP at (510) 444-4755 to attend this 90-minute FREE event on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St., Oakland, CA. 

Location and parking information at: http://www.stagebridge.org/parking-at-stagebridge/

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Dec
14
10:00 AM10:00

FREE Well-Being Workshop #3: Gratitude

Stagebridge is grateful to have Sara Armstrong and Susan Brooks Young presenting this third in a series of four FREE Well-Being Workshops open to all and focused on increasing your well-being! In this third session, the subject is GRATITUDE.

Regardless of who you are and what your background is, there are some simple basic things you can do that don’t require a lot of time: some are fun, all are pleasant, and you are not committing to any kind of formal practice.

Please RSVP at (510) 444-4755 to attend this 90-minute FREE event on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St., Oakland, CA. 

Location and parking information at: http://www.stagebridge.org/parking-at-stagebridge/

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Dec
14
12:00 PM12:00

FREE: Fall 2017 Nichols and May Acting Showcase (early class)

Get ready for side-splitting comedy from The Comedy of Nichols and May class showcases for Fall 2017! In these free showcase performances, students perform hilarious material from classic Mike Nichols and Elaine May comedy sketches - and you're invited!

The early class showcase begins at 12 noon; this approximately hour-long FREE event takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Dec
14
1:00 PM13:00

FREE Well-Being Workshop #4: Movement

Stagebridge is hosting a series of four FREE Well-Being Workshops with Sara Armstrong and Susan Brooks Young focused on increasing your well-being! This fourth and final session focuses on "Movement."

Regardless of who you are and what your background is, there are some simple basic things you can do that don’t require a lot of time: some are fun, all are pleasant, and you are not committing to any kind of formal practice.

Please RSVP at (510) 444-4755 to attend this 90-minute FREE event on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St., Oakland, CA. 

Location and parking information at: http://www.stagebridge.org/parking-at-stagebridge/

 

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Dec
14
2:00 PM14:00

FREE: Fall 2017 Nichols and May Acting Showcase

Get ready for side-splitting comedy from The Comedy of Nichols and May class showcases for Fall 2017! In these free showcase performances, students perform hilarious material from classic Mike Nichols and Elaine May comedy sketches - and you're invited!

The later class showcase begins at 2:00pm; this approximately hour-long FREE event takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Dec
19
3:00 PM15:00

December Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

Ring in some holiday warmth and tune in to our next free online/phone Senior Center Without Walls Storytelling Concert!

Join us on TUES., DEC. 19th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home.

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Storytelling Director Kirk Waller) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Jan
18
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling is back at Stagebridge!

Lunchtime Storytelling is back!!! Spend your noon hour with Stagebridge storytellers for a brand new season as our Lunchtime Storytelling Series kicks off for the new year at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street. Enter from Harrison Street).

Each free, noontime hour-long event feature two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt. January 18 will feature Sally Holzman and Jeff Byers - join us!

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Feb
1
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling is here for February!

Once again, it's time for Lunchtime Storytelling! Join us at noon for Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the CYF Room / Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from Harrison Street).

Each free, noontime hour-long event feature two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt. February 1 brings us Melissa Hobbs and Agnes Reidmann - join in the fun!

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Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

More Lunchtime Storytelling in February!!!

Join Stagebridge storytellers for the third installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street. Enter from Harrison Street).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt. February 15 will feature Claire Wahrhaftig and Ginger Parnes!

 

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Mar
1
12:00 PM12:00

March into Lunchtime Storytelling at high noon

Usher in March with Stagebridge storytellers Eleanor Clement Glass and Bill Zarchy for the fourth installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, March 1st (12:00 noon) at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from the Harrison Street entrance).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

More March Storytelling Madness!

It's time for March Madness storytelling madness, that is with Stagebridge storytellers Jeanne Pimentel and Kiran Rana for the next installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, March 15th (12:00 noon) at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from the Harrison Street door).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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Apr
5
12:00 PM12:00

April Lunchtime Storytelling -no foolin'!

It's time for April's Lunchtime Storytelling, and that's no foolin'. Join Stagebridge storytellers Ann Riley and Linda Pulliam for the next installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, April 5th at 12:00 noon. It all happens at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from the Harrison Street door).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

Post-tax day - celebrate with free Storytelling!

It's the Gerry and Terry show! If you've finished preparing your taxes, why not treat yourself with the lucky 7th in our Lunchtime Storytelling series? And it's free!

Join Stagebridge storytellers Gerry Keenan and Terry Stokes for the next installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, April 19th at 12:00 noon. It all happens at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from the Harrison Street door).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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May
3
12:00 PM12:00

May Lunchtime Storytelling!

Join Stagebridge storytellers  Lois Kincy and Naomi Puro for some free Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street. Enter from Harrison Street).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt.

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Dec
8
6:30 PM18:30

FREE Elders Salon at Stagebridge!

The Elders Salon concept was begun on the simple basis of a circle of sharing folks in Sebastopol by David “Lucky” Goff and Alexandra Hart, who authored “The Age of Actualization: A Handbook for Growing Elder Community” based on their experiences with it. This event is essentially a pilot to offer the idea to your Oakland community.

Lucky and Alexandra will be present to provide an experience of their style, and local Oakland folks will be available to continue the process in the future.

This two-hour-long FREE event takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Dec
7
1:00 PM13:00

FREE: Fall 2017 Free Storytelling Showcase

If you love a good story, come out to see what tales our students from Stagebridge's Storytelling classes have been spinning this quarter at our free Storytelling showcase on Thursday, December 7th at 1:00pm.

This two-hour-long FREE event begins  at 1:00pm and takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Dec
7
12:15 PM12:15

Stagebridge Town Hall Brown Bag Lunch

Bring your brown bag lunch and your ideas to Stagebridge's Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, December 7 at 12:15pm in the Chapel (next to the Angel Room). Stagebridge Board members and staff will be at the meeting to share information about the present and future of Stagebridge. Please come prepared with questions, concerns, and, most importantly, ideas!

More info here.

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Dec
7
11:00 AM11:00

FREE: Fall 2017 Thursday Singing Showcase

Do you want to know what the singers in the Thursday "Singing with Scrumbly" class have been up to this quarter at Stagebridge? Come and hear for yourself at this FREE event on Thursday, December 7th at 11:00 am sharp!

This approximately hour-long FREE event takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Dec
7
10:30 AM10:30

FREE: Fall 2017 Acting with Shakespeare Showcase

Now is the winter of our discontent... or not! There shall be no discontent at this free showcase presented by the Acting with Shakespeare class on Thursday, December 7th.

Come share the drama of it all with us in this FREE event beginning at 10:00am on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St. See you there!

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Dec
6
2:30 PM14:30

FREE: Fall 2017 Long-Form Improv Showcase

Drama, drama, drama! From hidden secrets to buried conflicts, nothing is more dramatic than the Family.

Through a series of games, exercises, and character/plot development workshops, students in this class have created their own Classic Family Dramas... and you're invited to share in the drama of it all at this free showcase on Wednesday, Dec. 6th at 2:30pm!

This FREE event takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Dec
6
11:00 AM11:00

FREE: Classic Radio Plays Showcase LIVE at Stagebridge!!

Join us on WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6th at 11:00 am for a FREE live performance of classic radio entertainment presented by Stagebridge's Radio Plays class, including vintage 1940s radio commercials, a short comedy titled "Roving Contact," and the H.G. Wells classic "War of the Worlds"!

This hour-long performance will take place in the CYF / Basement Room on the Stagebridge campus, located inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland at 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland CA 94612 (entrance on Harrison St.)

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Dec
6
10:45 AM10:45

FREE: Improv for Beginners Showcase at Stagebridge

Wonder what improvisation is all about? Check out what the students in Beginning Improv  at Stagebridge have been up to in this free showcase on Wednesday, December 6th!.

This approximately hour-long FREE event begins  at 10:45am and takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Dec
5
4:00 PM16:00

FREE: Advanced Playback Theatre Showcase

Check out what students in the Advanced Playback class have been working on in a free showcase on Tuesday, December 5th at 4:00pm!

In this fun, challenging and meaningful interactive art form, Playback Theatre transforms audience members’ stories into theatre pieces right on the spot through spoken improvisation, movement and ritual.

This approximately hour-long FREE event takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St. in Oakland.

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Dec
5
11:00 AM11:00

FREE: Fall 2017 Tuesday Singing Showcase

Get ready to bop along with singers in the Tuesday "Singing with Scrumbly" class this quarter at Stagebridge in this FREE Singing showcase event!

This approximately hour-long FREE event begins at 11:00am and takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

FREE: Fall 2017 Beginning Playback Theatre Showcase

Play it again, Sam... if you're curious about what students in the Playback for Beginners class are up to, check out their showcase on Monday, December 4th at 3:15pm!

In this fun, challenging and meaningful interactive art form, Playback Theatre transforms audience members’ stories into theatre pieces right on the spot through spoken improvisation, movement and ritual.

This approximately hour-long FREE event takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Dec
4
2:30 PM14:30

FREE: Musical Theatre Showcase!

Bye Bye, Birdie... and hello, Fall 2017 showcase week at Stagebridge! You're invited to experience the energy of the Musical Theatre class with selections from the high-energy 1950s musical Bye Bye Birdie, with selections including The Telephone Hour, Kids, and Put On A Happy Face!  

This approximately hour-long FREE event takes place on the Stagebridge campus inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland, located at 2501 Harrison St.

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Nov
21
3:00 PM15:00

November Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

Pull up a chair, fix yourself a treat, and tune in to our next free online/phone Senior Center Without Walls Storytelling Concert!

Join us on TUES., NOV. 21st at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home.

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Storytelling Director Kirk Waller) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Thursday Lunchtime Storytelling Preview Show!

It's a special PREVIEW show for Stagebridge's Lunchtime Storytelling Series!

Join us on Thursday, November 2nd at 12 pm - high noon in the CYF (Basement) Room at FCCO for a sneak peek of Lunchtime Storytelling with Stagebridgers Abe Bernstein and Linda Wright, under the guidance of Director of Storytelling Kirk Waller. See you there!

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Stagebridge night at The Marsh's Tell It On Tuesday!

Join us to see some of our fabulous storytellers for our annual STAGEBRIDGE PARTNERSHIP PERFORMANCE NIGHT at The Marsh Cabaret in Berkeley on Tuesday, October 24th!

Each year we partner with our friends at The Marsh's Tell It On Tuesday for this great event, which celebrates the art of storytelling and solo performance. It's always a good time to relax and hear these talented artists spin their tales, so come out and support them! This show will feature Tom Pulsifer, Claire Isaacs Warhaftig, Ellen Kaufman, Bill Zarchy, and Brother Ben Tucker (all under the guidance of our fabulous Director of Storytelling, Kirk Waller). Music at 7:00pm; stories begin at 7:30pm.

For tix or more info, visit The Marsh at: https://themarsh.org/runs/tell-it-on-tuesdays/

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Oct
24
3:00 PM15:00

October Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

October ushers in cooler weather, autumn colors, and the fall season of our free online/phone Senior Center Without Walls Storytelling Concert!

Join us on TUES., OCT. 24th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home.

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (this month, it's Jeanne Pimentel and Eleanor Clement-Glass, under the guidance of Storytelling Director Kirk Waller) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

POSTPONED: "Book Release Party for Eloise" event

UPDATE: The "Book Release Party for Eloise!" event has been POSTPONED and will NOT take place on Friday 10/13.
Stay tuned for new date and time info when this is re-scheduled!!

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Celebrate with Stagebridger Eloise Aitken for a reading and book signing of "Tales of Eloise: True Tales to Bring a Smile to Your Heart and an Honored Seat at the Banquet of Life" on FRI. OCT. 13 at 3pm on the Stagebridge campus. Books available for purchase (cash only) and light refreshments served! Sponsored by Happy Ever After Productions.

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Storyteller Willy Claflin comes to Stagebridge!

Stagebridge is excited to host renowned storyteller Willy Claflin for a special one-day workshop: "Storytelling: The Art of Performance" on SAT. SEPT. 30 from 10am - 2pm.

This workshop will focus on performance and performance skills. As Willy tells it, "Contemporary Storytelling tends to be quite casual, quite conversational in style. But the art− the Craft− of storytelling is often hidden from the listener. The techniques and tricks, the subtle use of rhythm, pacing, tone and digression− these are all part of the performer's art. They are fun to learn and exciting to play with; let's get together and explore them!

We'll cover all aspects or performing: how to connect with an audience, how to adjust for especially large (or small!) audiences, how to overcome stage fright, and how to deal with the toddler who shouldn't be there and his or her oblivious parent (who should know better)."

Light refreshments will be served at this event.

UPDATE: This event is sold out!
Registration: $75 early bird through Aug. 31; ($100 after Fri. Sept. 1). 

http://www.willyclaflin.com/

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Sep
25
to Dec 8

Fall Session at Stagebridge

Fall Session of Classes at Stagebridge runs from September 25* - December 8!

(Please be advised that there are no classes on Thanksgiving holiday week, November 19th through November 25th)

*NOTE: Short courses start later:

Script Analysis: Oct. 30 - Dec. 4

Beginning Improv #2: Nov. 1 - Dec. 6 (must have previous Improv experience for this continuation of class)

Advanced Improv #2: Nov. 1 - Dec. 6

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Sep
21
8:00 AM08:00

Live healthy with Stagebridge at the Oakland Zoo!

Here's to your health! Join Stagebridge at the Oakland Zoo on THURS. SEPT. 21 (8am-2pm) for the 14th Annual Healthy Living Festival, sponsored by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County − stop by our booth and find out how you can get a discount on registration for Fall classes at Stagebridge!


Register for this FREE event (which includes booths, activities, medication take-backs, and free lunch) at: https://www.usoac.org/

More info at: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/programs-and-events/14th-annual-healthy-living-festival

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Sep
19
3:00 PM15:00

September Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

Join us on TUES., Sept. 19th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home - the final one of the summer season!

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Master Storyteller and Stagebridge instructor Mary Gay Ducey) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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