Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. January 20, 2014

Dr. Martin luther king picThere are several opportunities to be inspired by the life of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we observe Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 20, 2014.

Barbara Cross to speak at Townsend Center 

Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 a.m.,  Barbara Cross will be speaking at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast at  at Townsend Center in Richmond.  Barbara moved to Birmingham Alabama as a child in 1962 when her father was called to be a pastor at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.  In 1963 their church was bombed, while she sat in her Sunday School class, and four little girls were killed that day.

Barbara has been a guest on Montel and Oprah along with many other speaking engagements.  She also appeared along with her father in Spike Lee’s oscar-nominated documentary “4 Little Girls”.   For breakfast reservations and more information contact: Sheila Armstead at 765-973-8534.  Cost for the breakfast is 10.00/person.

Luncheon Speaker

Barbara Cross will also be speaking at the Townsend Community Center’s Martin Luther King Day Salad Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m ., sponsored by IU East and Ivy Tech.   Townsend is located at 855 N. 12th Street, Richmond IN.    Local talent will also perform during this event.

Earlham College Hosts:

Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons: “The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our Leaders Chose to Forget”

mlk dr gwendolyn zoharah simmonsJanuary 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., according to the Earlham events office, their MLK Jr. Day speaker is “Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Assistant Professor of the African American Studies Program and the Department of Religion for the University of Florida. She has a long history in the area of civil rights, human rights and peace work. In her early years, Dr. Simmons was active with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and spent seven years working on voters registration and desegregation activities in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Dr. Simmons is a recipient of the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Award.”   This event is open to the public.  Admission is free.  For more information contact the Earlham College Events office.

If you are hosting or know of any further MLK Day events, please post them in the comments below.

Boys & Girls Club Annual Smart Futures Dinner & Auction

Press release:

Boys and Girls Club Mike Lopresti

Mike Lopresti

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will hold their Annual Smart Futures Dinner & Auction on Thursday, October 10th and have an extraordinary program that will honor Mike Lopresti.

Indiana Head Basketball Coach Tom Crean

boys and girls club tom crean IU coach

IU Head Basketball coach Tom Crean

The guest speaker for the event will be Indiana University Head Basketball Coach Tom Crean and special Master of Ceremonies will be Del Harris, former Earlham College Basketball Coach.

boys and girls club del harris

Del Harris, Master of Ceremonies

The Smart Futures Dinner and Auction celebrates exceptional individuals who have made wise choices that have led to smart futures. They continue to inspire others by being positive role models and leaders in their communities. The 2013 Smart Futures Dinner and Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour at the Tom Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Road in Richmond, IN followed by dinner, a brief live auction featuring Roger Richert as auctioneer, and the program will end with an awards presentation. A special VIP reception with Coach Crean will take place at 5:45 PM. ALL PROCEEDS from the evening will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County.

  • When: Thursday, October 10th at 6:00 PM
  • Where: Tom Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds
  • Tickets:$75 each or $550 for table of 8 VIP reception tickets: $500 each includes dinner ticket, autographed IU basketball, photo with Coach Crean

For tickets call Jennifer at 765-962-6922 or email jochoa@bgcrichmond.org

“Beasts Of The Southern Wild” Producer Comes To Earlham

beasts of the souther wildJosh Penn ’06 will be on campus for the viewing of Beasts of the Southern Wild this Tuesday at Earlham College.

The award winning (Sundance awards) and Academy Award nominee, Beasts of the Southern Wild, will be shown at 7:00 p.m. in Goddard Auditorium.  Josh, a graduate of Earlham College in 2006, will conduct a Q&A session following the film.  General admission is 5.00 with one free ticket for those with an Earlham ID.

For tickets you can contact the box office at Earlham College.

“The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer” At Earlham College

Submitted by Earlham College Events:

farmer picThird generation alternative farmer Joel Salatin explores the industrial food vs. local transparent ecological food debate during a presentation at Earlham College.

Salatin presents “The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Carpenter Hall’s Goddard Auditorium. Tickets are required for the Artist and Lecture Series event and cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Salatin’s Polyface Farm occupies 550 acres in Swoope, VA., and is featured prominently in the documentary film Food, Inc. and Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Salatin describes Polyface as a grass farm where chickens, turkey, pigs, cattle and rabbits live in a symbiotic feeding cycle. Cattle graze for 24 hours on a quarter of an acre pasture and then move to an adjacent quarter-acre pasture. Chickens follow three days later to feast on the fly larvae and further enrich the soil with their own droppings.

Meat and eggs from the farm are sold by direct marketing in the local area.

Salatin, who describes himself as a “Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-farmer,” says he considers farming a ministry to heal the land, and he spends nearly a third of the year lecturing.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Goddard Auditorium
Tickets/Registration Required? Yes



Earlham’s Christmas Candlelight Service Tonight

Submitted by Lynn Knight

Earlham’s Christmas Candlelight Service

…is a beautiful combination of scripture readings, congregational carols and Concert Choir selections. The service concludes with everyone lighting candles and luminaries around the Heart. Following the service, everyone is invited to Earlham Hall lobby for cookies and hot chocolate. Sponsored by the Office of Religious Life.  Free admission, no tickets required.

Musical prelude: 7:30 p.m.
Program: “Lessons and Carols: 8:00 p.m.


December Is Full Of Holiday Cheer..In Wayne County

December 2012 Events

 Breakfast With Santa

Innovation Center

December 1, 9-11 a

Gospel Christmas Concert Earlham

Sunday, December 2,  7:00 p

 Little Women

Civic Theatre

Opens December 7, 7:30 p; Runs 8,9 & 14, 15, 16

The Nutcracker

The Richmond Symphony, & Chicago Ballet: Civic Hall

Dec 8, 7:30 Dec 9, 3:00 p

 Holiday Running Events

Easter Seals Frostbite 5K

Glen Miller Park, Dec 1, 2p

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Holiday Festivals

Christmas In Centerville

December 8, 5-8 p

Old Fashioned Christmas

Depot District

Tuesdays:  Nov. 27; Dec. 4, 11 and 18

Holiday Bazaars

Clear Creek Holiday Bazaar 

Dec 1, 11-4

Metamora Christmas

Weekends following thanksgiving up to Christmas

Earlham College Concert Choir Performs Tonight

Tonight you can enjoy a free concert “Every Night When the Sun Goes Down” which features performances by the Earlham Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus and GQx2, at 7:30 in Goddard Auditorium.

A delightful selection of a capella choral pieces from around the world including pieces by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Ysaye Barnell and Gwyneth Walker.

This event is free and open to the public, no tickets are required.

Holding The Earlham Community Up In Thought and Prayer Today

We want to express our deepest sadness at this news and ask that we all hold the community up in thought and prayer as they struggle with this awful loss.  Due to the tragedy which occured early this morning, Earlham released the following statement on their website:

“6:00 a.m. — Three Earlham College students were struck by a train early on Friday, Nov. 9. 2012 in Richmond’s Depot District. One student was killed immediately. Two others were transported to Reid Hospital and were subsequently airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital. The deceased student is senior Therese Heymann of Burlingame, CA.

The injured students were sophomore Lenore Edwards and senior Graham Nissen.

Earlham has suspended classes for the day in light of the tragedy.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., there will be a place for students and other members of the community to gather at Stout Meetinghouse and the College Dining Hall.

Additional information will be released throughout the day. Please check back at the Earlham Website”

Venezuelan Concert Pianist Gabriela Montero Performs At Earlham, October 27, 2012

News Release: Earlham College

Venezuelan Concert Pianist Gabriela Montero

combines classical music and improvisation with a rhythmic Latin energy during a concert on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Earlham College.

The Artist and Lecture Series event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Carpenter Hall’s Goddard Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted and expanded audience around the world.

During the first half of the concert, Montero performs Brahms and Liszt and continues after intermission with improvisations on themes suggested by the audience.

Montero says improvisation is the most natural and spontaneous way she has of connecting with her audiences.

“Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in the ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity,” according to a New York Times reviewer.

For more information you can contact the Earlham College Box office or Earlham College Events.   Another great opportunity for cultural events brought to you by Earlham College.

Townsend Food Project will bring Healthy Foods to Neighborhood


 Townsend Food Project will bring Healthy Foods to Neighborhood

Townsend Center, Richmond IN

Starting this summer, Townsend Center will house the newly created Townsend Food Project, in partnership with the Wayne County Minority Health Coalition.  The Townsend Food Project, funded by the National Davis Projects for Peace Competition, aims to promote healthy eating through three main initiatives.

First, the grant will fund the creation of a weekly Townsend Food Market, stocked with produce from three local farms.  Second, the project will also offer cooking classes featuring local produce and the opportunity for community members to share recipes and cooking wisdom.  Third, recipes collected through the cooking classes will be preserved through the publication and distribution of a Townsend Community Cookbook, providing a resource the community can draw on and add to in years to come.

Grant Secured For Project By Two Earlham College Students

Sarah Waddle & Mary Jones, Earlham College Students

The $10,000 grant for this project was secured by Earlham College Students, Mary Jones and Sarah Waddle, who will be co-leading project activities throughout the summer. Additional funding will be provided by the City of Richmond and the Urban Enterprise Association.  These ladies had previously worked with the garden project at Townsend Center and saw a need for healthy foods in the North Richmond neighborhood. They chose the Townsend neighborhood because it is considered a “food desert”. 

A food desert is described as a neighborhood or community that has limited access to healthy or nutritious foods.   There will be many opportunities for members of all neighborhoods to get involved and volunteer with the project throughout the summer.  If you are interested in hearing more about the project, meeting the farmers who will be providing produce to the market, and getting involved in any way, please contact: Mary Jones 512-413-5592   or   Sarah Waddle 952-258-9282.


Jazz & Salsa Band Ensemble At Earlham College Wednesday

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall
Tickets/Registration Required? No

The Jazz Ensemble and Salsa Band, at Earlham College,  will perform great works from the world of swing and Latin jazz.  Free admission, no ticket required.

Jim Fowler From Wild Kingdom To Speak At Earlham Today At Noon

Jim Fowler, Earlham College Graduate

Wildlife Wranger Jim Fowler At Earlham Today

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Dennis 110
Tickets/Registration Required? No

The original wrangler of wildlife known from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on the Animal Planet, Jim Fowler presents a public lecture on his “Life in the Wild.” There will be time for questions and discussion. Jim is particularly interested in discussing humanity’s purpose and role in global conservation.


Heather Lerner, Joseph Moore Museum Director, Assistant Professor of biology, lernehe@earlham.edu

Earlham College Theatre Presents: The Skin Of Our Teeth This Weekend

The Jazz and Percussion Festival featuring Max Weinberg and the Earlham Jazz Ensemble

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Civic Hall Performing Arts Center
Tickets/Registration Required? Yes

“Show up, do a great job and give the people more than their money’s worth”
— Max Weinberg

The Earlham Artist and Lecture Series is excited to present The Jazz and Percussion Festival featuring Max Weinberg and the Earlham Jazz Ensemble and Rhythm Project on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Hall Performing Arts Center.

Max Weinberg, the man the New York Times called “the rhythmic backbone of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band” is one of the most visible drummers of the rock era, having played thousands of concerts in arenas and stadiums all over the world. He continued to entertain audiences for 17 years both as a featured performer in comedy sketches and as the leader of what Tom Shales called “…the best band on TV,” the Max Weinberg Seven on NBC’s Late Night and The Tonight Show.

Weinberg has performed in the East Room of The White House with the United States Navy Big Band and at two Presidential Inaugural Galas.

Since 1974 the drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band was a featured performer on the 1995 and 2003 Grammy Awards, the 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dedication in Cleveland, Ohio, the 2009 Super Bowl and 2009’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Special on HBO, filmed at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Cited by Playboy magazine’s Pop and Jazz Music Poll and the Rolling Stone Critics Poll as “Best drummer,” Weinberg has performed with some of contemporary music’s biggest names, including, Sting, Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand, BB King, The Who, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton to name a few. He has the unique distinction of having played on both the #1 Born in the USA, and #2 Meatloaf’s, Bat out Of Hell albums in rock history.

This spring of 2012, Weinberg embarked on yet another world tour with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

Performing on stage for this momentous concert are the Earlham Jazz Ensemble and Rhythm Project.

Location: The Civic Hall Performing Arts Center at 380 Hub Etchison Parkway
For more information call, Earlham Office of Events, 765.983.1373
Tickets: Runyan Center Desk: Mon – Fri, 9 am – 4 pm, cash or check only; Civic Hall Box Office
Contact: Lynn Knight, Director Events Coordination, knighly@earlham.edu, 765.983.1294

Grammy Award Winning “Carolina Chocolate Drops” Come To Earlham This Weekend

The Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops (CCD) brings a sizzling, modern vibe to the string-band music of generations ago.

CCD performs on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Earlham College’s Goddard Auditorium. The Artist and Lecture Series event begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Working to interpret the old-time fiddle and banjo-based music of past generations, CCD highlights the central role African-Americans played in shaping America’s popular music from its beginnings.

According to the New York Times, their concerts are “an end-to-end display of excellence. They dip into styles of Southern black music from the 1920s and ‘30s — string-band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz — and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting.” 

Members sing, dance and trade instruments including banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, snare drum, bones, jug and kazoo.  

The group garnered a Grammy for the Best Traditional Folk Album for its 2010 release Genuine Negro Jig, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers and Folk charts. Their follow-up, Leaving Eden is due February 28 on Nonesuch Records.

On Leaving Eden, the band’s original lineup expands from three to five players and the new repertoire incorporates more blues, jazz, and folk balladry alongside the string-band tunes. It includes original compositions, covers and traditional songs.

Two of the founding members, Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens, met at a 2005 roots festival in North Carolina. The two shared a common interest in traditional African-American string band music of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins, beat-boxer Adam Matta and cellist Leyla McCalla join CCD on Leaving Eden.

“We want to remain true to the roots of how we started,” Giddens says. “We’re always going to have a string band on our records, but we don’t want to just do Piedmont style fiddle-banjo-guitar tunes. There’s more to our musical life than that.”

The opening act is David Wax Museum, a band that blends traditional Mexican and American folk music.

Tickets: $8.00/adults, $5/students and seniors. One free ticket with Earlham ID.
Tickets available Runyan Center Desk, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, cash and check only,
Carpenter Hall Box Office, Monday – Friday, 12 noon – 4 pm
Cash, Check or Credit card purchases, 765.983.1474

More info: www.carolinachocolatedrops.com & www.davidwaxmuseum.com

 Contact: Office of Events, 765.983.1373 : Box Office, 765.983.1474

Sustainable Farmers To Speak At Earlham This Wednesday

Environmental Lecture Presentation: Ryan Beauchamp & Kara Fitzgerald

Brian Beauchamp

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Stout Meetinghouse
Tickets/Registration Required? No

Kara Fitzgerald and Ryan Beauchamp- are Earlham alums and sustainable farmers living in Vermont who started a CSA/sustainable farm from the ground up, and then lost it all when Hurricane Irene hit New England.  They are here to discuss current issues and challenges in sustainable farming, as well as their plight with the loss of their land.  Learn more about Kara and Ryan at http://www.eveningsongcsa.com/doc/about-us