May
1
1:30 PM13:30

Kick off May with the next Elder Salon

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, May 1st. Come join us!

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May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Stagebridge and The Caravan of Stories at Silk Road House

Stagebridge and The Caravan of Stories at Berkeley's Silk Road House partner for the second year to present a special storytelling event! Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment while helping to support Stagebridge with Stories from the Steppes, featuring tales from Stagebridge storytellers Suz Shampanier, Eleanor Clement Glass, Melissa Hobbs, Ida Johnson, Kiran Rana, and guest storyteller Jim Fresquez.

Join us for a storied journey to the heart of the Silk Road, as the folktales of Central Asia open a window into a world where a slave can find the lake where the sun and the moon bathe, a wise and brave queen can ride into battle to save her husband, and more!

Purchase tickets here: $10

For questions or more information, contact Coordinator for Storytelling Programs Dana Sherry at: [email protected]

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May
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling season concludes on May 16!

The final LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING of the season at Stagebridge happens on May 16!

This event wraps up the season with Stagebridge storytellers Lois Kincy and Tom Pulsifer for the final lunchtime tales, located in the Choir Room at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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May
21
3:00 PM15:00

Free Storytelling Concert - listen from home

Tune in on Tuesday, May 21 at 3:00pm to the next installment of Stagebridge’s FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT that you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. At the conclusion of the stories, listeners can participate in talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Covia Well connected (formerly Senior Center Without Walls), members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / Covia Well Connected monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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May
22
1:30 PM13:30

Second May Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, May 22nd. Come join us!

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Jun
5
1:30 PM13:30

June Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, June 5th. Come join us!

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Jun
18
3:00 PM15:00

Free Personal Storytelling Concert - listen or log in from home!

Tune in on Tuesday, June 18 at 3:00pm  to the next installment of Stagebridge’s FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT that you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. At the conclusion of the stories, listeners can participate in talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Covia Well connected (formerly Senior Center Without Walls), members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / Covia Well Connected monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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Jun
19
1:30 PM13:30

Almost-summer Elder Salon at Stagebridge!

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, June 19th. Join us and get ready for summer!

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Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

Springtime Storytelling for lunch at Stagebridge

There’s more LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING in April at Stagebridge!

This month, join Stagebridge storytellers Sally Holzman and Bill Zarchy for lunchtime tales, located in the Choir Room at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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Apr
17
1:30 PM13:30

April's second Elder Salon at Stagebridge!

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, April 17th. Come join us!

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Apr
16
3:00 PM15:00

April Storytelling Concert - listen from home!

Tune in on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00pm  to the next installment of Stagebridge’s FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT that you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. At the conclusion of the stories, listeners can participate in talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Covia Well connected (formerly Senior Center Without Walls), members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / Covia Well Connected monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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Apr
4
12:00 PM12:00

April Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge

April showers bring…LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING to Stagebridge!

This month, join Stagebridge storytellers Jeff Byers and Jeanne Lupton for lunchtime tales, located in the Choir Room at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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Apr
3
1:30 PM13:30

April Elder Salon - no foolin'!

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, April 3rd. Come join us!

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Mar
28
1:00 PM13:00

Founder Stuart Kandell visits Stagebridge!

“Celebrating 70, by Inventing a New Life: The Highs, Lows, and In-betweens of Starting Fresh in a New Land”

Fresh from Europe (where he now resides), Stagebridge founder Stuart Kandell comes by his old stomping grounds for a dialogue with our new Executive Director, Shannon McDonnell!

1:00 -Discussion

2:00 - Reception

Cost: Donations requested in Stu’s honor to Stagebridge before or at the event.

RSVP here or mail by Wed. Mar. 20 at 3pm to: [email protected] (required to attend). Seating is limited.

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Mar
20
3:00 PM15:00

Last chance to RSVP for Stuart Kandell's visit on Mar. 28

It’s your last chance to RSVP for Stagebridge founder Stuart Kandell’s visit on THU. MARCH 28 from 1:00 - 3:00pm as he discusses “Celebrating 70, by Inventing a New Life: The Highs, Lows, and In-betweens of Starting Fresh in a New Land” - a dialogue with our new Executive Director, Shannon McDonnell!

Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: Donations requested in Stu’s honor to Stagebridge before or at the event.

RSVP here /by mail to: [email protected] by Wed. Mar. 20 at 3pm (required to attend)

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Mar
20
1:30 PM13:30

Ring in Spring with the next March Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, March 20th. Join us and usher in the first day of Spring!

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Mar
19
3:00 PM15:00

Free Storytelling Concert - listen or log in from home!

Tune in on Tuesday, March 19 at 3:00pm  to the next installment of Stagebridge’s FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT that you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. At the conclusion of the stories, listeners can participate in talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Covia Well connected (formerly Senior Center Without Walls), members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / Covia Well Connected monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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Mar
18
to Mar 22

Showcase Week at Stagebridge!

Save the dates–it's showcase time!
From MARCH 18 - 22, come and see what our Stagebridgers have been working on. If you're considering enrolling in a class and just want a sample of what you'll learn, now's a great time to see for yourself!

MON. MARCH 18:
11:00am – Monday Singing – Angel Room
3:10pm – Beg/Int. Playback – CYF Basement

TUE. MARCH 19:
11:00am – Tuesday Singing – Angel Room
4:00pm – Advanced Playback– Choir Room
4:15pm – Harmony Ensemble – Angel Room

WED. MARCH 20:
10:45 am - Improv Games and Skills - Angel Room
11:15am – “Spring Chickens” Intermediate Improv – Choir Room
12:45pm - Clowning for Beginners - Angel Room

THU. MARCH 21:

10:30am – Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream – New Oakland Room
11:00am – Thursday Singing – Angel Room

FRI. MARCH 22:
10:30am – Art of Storytelling – Angel Room

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Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

March into Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge!

Spring into Stagebridge’s popular monthly LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING event on March 14!

This month, join Stagebridge storytellers Ben Tucker, Claire Castell, and Samir Saad for lunchtime tales located in the Gallery at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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Mar
6
1:30 PM13:30

Next Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, March 6. Come join us!

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Feb
28
12:00 PM12:00

Stagebridge Open House - meet our new Executive Director!

It’s Open House time at Stagebridge - join us in the Gallery to see what we have to offer, and enjoy light refreshments, entertainment, meet our new Executive Director Shannon McDonnell, and say farewell to our Interim Executive Director, Tracy Gary!

You can also REGISTER in-person for the Spring session of Performing Arts Institute classes at this event— take a peek at the class schedule here!

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Feb
21
12:00 PM12:00

February Lunchtime Storytelling

UPDATE 2/21: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been moved to the CHOIR ROOM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tantalizing tales are on the menu in Stagebridge’s popular monthly LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING event!

For February, join Stagebridge storyteller Cynthia Cudaback and Clara Kamunde for lunchtime tales, located in the CHOIR ROOM at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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Feb
20
1:30 PM13:30

Second February Elder Salon

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, February 20. Come join us!

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Feb
19
3:00 PM15:00

Free Storytelling Concert - Listen or log in from home!

Tune in on TUES., February 19 at 3:00pm  to the next installment of Stagebridge’s FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT that you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. At the conclusion of the stories, listeners can participate in talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Covia Well connected (formerly Senior Center Without Walls), members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / Covia Well Connected monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

Get in Line for Love Lines!

UPDATE:
*This event is now SOLD OUT/AT RUSH - There may possibly be tickets available at the door. If you RSVP'd and are attending, we suggest you carpool or get a Lyft or Uber, as parking in the area is very limited.

It’s time for love…Love Lines, that is! For our annual Valentine's event, this year’s theme is What Makes Your Heart Sing? We’re looking forward to bridging generations by sharing love and the stage with the talented youth from Beats Rhymes and Life, one of our community collaborators in the RealTime collective. It’s sure to be a sweet event, and it all happens at Oakland's New Parkway Theater! Stagebridge artists include Claire Castell, Sally Holzman, Kiran Rana, Agnes Riedmann, Ben Tucker, Miyoko Sakatani, Joanne Grimm, Scrumbly Koldewyn and The Dreamers!

The evening includes entertainment, raffles, and light appetizers (with additional food and drink for sale)

Free, with a suggested donation of $5.00 - $10.00

More information here. Doors open at 6:00, and seats are limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Feb
6
1:30 PM13:30

February Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, February 6. Come join us!

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Jan
24
1:30 PM13:30

What Makes Your Heart Sing? Audition for Love Lines and tell us!

Tell us what makes YOUR heart sing!

Do YOU have a tale to tell? STORYTELLERS, we're looking for YOU!

Love Lines auditions are Thursday, Jan 24 from 1:30 - 3:30pm in the Choir Room, so bring your best story or spoken word performance piece of five minutes or less. This year's theme is "What Makes Your Heart Sing?"

Love Lines 2019 happens on Tuesday, February 12 at The New Parkway Theater from 6:30 - 8:30pm (doors open at 6:00)

Audition Forms are available in the Stagebridge office!

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Jan
24
12:00 PM12:00

Fifth season of LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING kicks off at Stagebridge!

It’s a brand new season of Stagebridge’s popular monthly LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING event!

Join Stagebridge storytellers Suz Shampanier and Jeanne Lupton for some lunchtime tales, located in the Gallery at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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Jan
23
1:30 PM13:30

Second January Elder Salon

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, January 23. Come join us!

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Jan
21
9:00 AM09:00

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Stagebridge will be closed on Monday, January 21 and there will be NO CLASSES held that day. We wish you a safe and peaceful holiday! If you have a class that normally takes place on Mondays and you have not been contacted by your instructor, please contact them for scheduled make-up class information.

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Jan
15
3:00 PM15:00

Free Storytelling Concert - listen or log in from home!

Tune in on TUES., January 15 at 3:00pm  to the next installment of Stagebridge’s FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT that you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. At the conclusion of the stories, listeners can participate in talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Covia Well connected (formerly Senior Center Without Walls), members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / Covia Well Connected monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Playwriting Showcase at The Flight Deck!

The play’s the thing… for winter entertainment from Stagebridge!

It’s time for the Playwriting Showcase, featuring exciting new material from playwrights in Anthony Clarvoe's Fall 2018 "Playwriting" and "Writing Full Length Plays" classes in a free evening of entertainment. Excerpts and short pieces performed by professional actors and directors will have you on the edge of your seat, and it's a great opportunity to enjoy a FREE evening of theatre while supporting local artists!

This event takes place at The Flight Deck - 1540 Broadway in Oakland. Reserve your FREE tickets at sbplaywriting.brownpapertickets.com, or by mailing [email protected]!

Event is free, but donations to help support our programs will be gratefully accepted at the door!

PLEASE NOTE: Doors will open at 6:30pm; showcase will start at 7:00pm. As a courtesy to everyone, late arrivals will be asked to wait in the lobby until a break in between plays to enter the theater.

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Jan
7
to Jan 11

Vote for Stagebridge's entry in a National Photo Contest!

Stagebridge is happy to share our entry in a national photo contest! The Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group’s Member Photo Contest awards cash prizes to the winners:

Best of Show: $500 for one member nonprofit
Standing Ovation: $250 each for four more member nonprofits
Spotlight: $100 each for 10 more member nonprofits

VOTING IS OPEN from MONDAY, JAN. 7 at 11:00am through FRI. JAN. 11 at 5:00pm*

Help support Stagebridge and vote for our entry of some of our dynamic senior performers in action!

View our entry and CAST YOUR VOTE at: https://review.wizehive.com/voting/view/winter-2018-2019-photo-contest/0/5512407/0

*Note: Anyone can vote ONCE per day for EACH of the five days of the contest (so you have 5 chances to vote!), so help support us and cast YOUR vote for Stagebridge, and share with your family and friends!

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Jan
2
1:30 PM13:30

New year, new Elder Salon season starts for 2019!

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term. We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, January 2. Come join us!

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