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Afternoon in the Gardens

Virtuoso oboist Brenda Schuman-Post and her equally amazing piano accompanist Suzanne Garramone play a delightful program of uplifting, upbeat classical music alternating with favorite older familiar songs. Enjoy this offbeat duo whose genuine personal friendship, love of their work, and comfort in front of the audience permeate every moment making for a uniquely accessible, fun, educational, and entertaining performance. Tap your toes, sway, and even sing along as they perform music inspired by dance.

Brenda and Suzanne are celebrating 35 years and over 400 concerts together and enjoying every second of it. Originally known as Classical Trash, Classical Music with a Twist, they shortened the name when strapless dresses were no longer viable attire and continue to perform flashy, fun repertoire.

Brenda is the first musician ever to witness the search for and harvesting of African Blackwood, a threatened East African tree from which woodwind instruments are made. She established Sonic Forest Productions – so named because musical instruments are made from trees in 2011 with a determination to bring diverse, live music to under-served communities and in particular to senior citizens.

Sonic Forest performs in a variety of configurations with instrumentation and ensemble size varying depending upon what best suits the venue and situation. With core instrumentation of oboe, violin, Celtic harp, upright bass, piano, accordion and percussion, Sonic Forest always provides appropriate, engaging, uplifting entertainment for any event or occasion.

Sonic Forest – Classical with a Twist -“Gotta Dance” will bring an hour of engaging, fun, and educational enjoyment.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear world class musicians in your own familiar setting.

“Our musical instruments are made from trees, each a different species. Our musical training and experience is diverse. Our beautiful, spontaneous, evocative music also expresses a mystery – an awesome connection to nature, to music, and to one another.” – Brenda Schuman-Post

Please join Allen Temple Gardens on September 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM for this event.

For more information on Sonic Forrest go to http://www.brendaschumanpost.com/

Don’t miss out!

 

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Partnership for Affordable Housing. 6031 Camden Street. Oakland, CA, 94605.

Greetings,

Since its inception, Partnership for Affordable Housing (PAH) has been able to provide temporary living accommodations for individuals and families transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Our facility has experienced great success; to date our housing placement since 2015 has been 90% with individuals finding housing in Oakland and throughout the surrounding area.

However, after seven years at 6031 Camden Street, Oakland, CA, we received devastating news: Our transitional house has been sold and we need to vacate the premises in less than 30 days. (The residents must leave the house on September 10th).

This action caught us off guard and places us in a problematic situation. We see ourselves as a beacon in the Oakland community; a place that people in desperate, personal situations can turn to for assistance not only with interim housing but also receive education and coaching in the areas of life skills enhancement and health and wellness. Our residents have participated in workshops and activities for our residents in the areas of gardening, mentoring children, meditation, nutrition/cooking, conflict resolution, how to find housing, opening a checking/savings account, and mental health services.

We desperately need your help securing a building or a very large facility that can house three preschool aged children along with 10 adult women. If you have knowledge of or access to a property that can accommodate us, then we certainly would appreciate any assistance that you can offer at this critical time.

It is my prayer that the above mentioned services will continue to be provided. Any contacts that you may have would be a help and a blessing to our organization and the families that we serve.

With a heartfelt thank you,
Diane L. Burr
Executive Director
Partnership for Affordable Housing
510-912-1513

For more information please go to our website at pahcanhelp.org and like us on our Facebook page.

JosiahOn Sunday, July 30, 2017, Jazz Performer Josiah Woodson will have a CD release party for his new album, Suite Elemental, at Oaktown Jazz aka Nadine’s (located across the street from Yoshi’s). Woodson and his band will play music from the CD as well as feature original compositions for their next album as well. The quartet will feature

Ravi Abcarian -Bass
Arthur Khu – Piano
Ele Howell – Drums
Josiah Woodson – Trumpet/Guitar/Compositions

Woodson’s love of music took root at the age of 12 when he first played the trumpet. Years later, that love is still going strong. He is very versatile with the flute, guitar, piano, and trumpet. He gained his Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he studied under Marcus Belgrave and later received his Master of Music degree (with academic honors) from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Woodson also performed with other musicians including Branford Marsalis, Beyoncé Knowles, and Mos Def. One person found his music “mesmerizing” while another wanted “to listen more.” Suite Elemental is Woodson’s premier album.

The concert will be located at 55 Washington Street, Jack London Square in Oakland.
Suggested donations range from $15.00-$30.00. CDs (physical copies) will be sold first come first served.

For more on the man and the music go to http://www.josiahwoodson.com
Please come by and enjoy the music!

 

Juneteenth 30th

 

Hello. This year, the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Please join us for this amazing event. For more information please go to http://www.berkeleyjuneteenth.org/. Please share the information with friends, family, etc. We hope to see you there!

Excuse me if this is last minute but please join us for this amazing event. For more information please go to http://www.berkeleyjuneteenth.org/. Please share the information with friends, family, etc. We hope to see you there!

 

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Please join us as we celebrate 50 years of Kwanzaa.  

 

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Hello. How is everybody doing? I’m involved with a non-profit organization called Partnership For Affordable Housing (PAH). PAH is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide temporary and transitional housing assistance and life-essential services to low income seniors, displaced single parent families, and veterans. PAH also provides services including job counseling, food distribution, and relapse prevention. Please spread the word of our organization and event to friends, family, coworkers, etc. (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Please like us on Facebook. Thank you and Happy Holidays.

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September 2016 – (Oakland, CA) – “Television’s premier scientist and STEM Ambassador, CaT Bobino, is coming to Hayward to host a seminar for parents on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The seminar will take place at California State University East Bay on November 12, 2016, and will address the need for parents to have a better understanding of STEM and will aid in guiding their children into the fields. By showcasing and thus aiding in the changing of the stereotypical image of a STEM professional, CaT Bobino aims to engage parents and students with opening up the conversation of available careers in the STEM fields.”

“Ms. Bobino was a participant on the international show Genius By Stephen Hawking, as well her local PBS station (KQED), and currently has a show on channel 76 where she interviews diverse people in STEM. She also has done work with Pride, Scientific America, San Francisco Zoo, Nonprofit Bridges, on the board for Self e-STEM, CSU East Bay, the Youth Empowerment Pageant, UC Davis, K-12 schools, and many other institutions and programs to get viable information through the proper channels for implementation. She is working hard to get the word out there: STEM is for everyone from all walks of life and with encouragement and determination, anything is possible!”

“Through her efforts via speaking engagements, media involvement, and her book In The Know: Setting Up Your Child For The STEM World, Ms. Bobino is impacting students by encouraging them to look into the STEM fields as a career choice. Ms. Bobino has been highly regarded as a mentor to the youth for her thought provoking testimonials about her entry and journey through the biological science profession. As a result, she has established a proven track record for adding true diversity to the STEM professions. By giving a diverse face to STEM, minority youth are able to see themselves throughout those fields.”

“Ms. Bobino’s new book, In The Know, is shaping up to be one of the most sought after books for parents in 2016. While promoting the book, she will also continue working on her show and hosting seminars for parents to help guide students into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
More information about CaT Bobino can be found on her website www.catbobino.com.”

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Charles “Buddy” Montgomery

 

The 2016 Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards and Concert, an event that will be held at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA this Saturday (September 10) will honor musicians who have made contributions to the world of jazz music. Seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos will receive his award for “Most Influential Artist” while bassist Jeff Chambers will receive his award for “Musical Virtuoso.” Legendary songstress Marlena Shaw will receive this year’s “Jazz Legacy Award Winner” as she makes her final performance at the event.

Charles “Buddy” Montgomery, who was a pianist and vibraphonist, was considered one of the great jazz pioneers who not only produced his own music but also taught the history of jazz to his students via “Jazz in the Schools” program. Although Montgomery died in 2009, his legacy marches on as his daughter, Charla, will serve as the Executive Producer at Saturday’s event.

I spoke to Charla via e-mail about making the event to honor her father’s legacy.

 

How did this award show come together? Is this the first award show? Is this your first award show? “I have produced a couple of jazz concerts before, but this the first awards and concert event.”

 

What’s the purpose of the award show? “The purpose of this type of event is to recognize music artists for their contribution to the jazz genre and to further inspire young musicians to carry on the jazz legacy.”

 

How long has it been going on and why have it in Berkeley? “This is our first year and we have a good relationship with the Hillside Club venue.”

 

Please tell me a little about yourself and how you got involved in the award show?  “I am Buddy’s daughter and my interest is to fulfill what he had planned. The music was not only his means of income [but] it was [also] his creative expression. I was always inspired by my father and my family and I want see this become a successful [event].”

 

What’s your role for this year’s award show?  “Executive Producer.”

 

What is it that you like about the award show? “The fabulous music.”

 

What are your thoughts and feelings about the upcoming event? “I am very happy that fans are interested in seeing this happen.”

 

How did these people receive their award? “The individuals were originally picked by my father except John Santos who we selected for his talent and community leadership.”

 

Are you familiar with the recipients? “Yes.”

 

Who are you looking forward to seeing/performing at the awards show and why?

“Marlena Shaw. I’m one of her biggest fans. She is a wonderful performer!”

 

Are you expecting a big crowd? “Yes.”

 

If this is a success what will happen next? “We will begin planning for next year.”

 

What did Buddy Montgomery mean to the jazz community? “See this info page. http://www.bmjazzlegacy.com/jazz-legacy-project.”

 

The 2016 Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards and Concert will be held at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA this Saturday, September 10. Tickets are on sale for $30.00. The show starts at 7:30 PM. For more information about the event go to http://www.bmjazzlegacy.com. Don’t miss it!

 

Here is a sample of what will be in store for this Saturday’s event.

Marlena Shaw – “Go Away Little Boy” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QZu7AJvFvQ)

 

Buddy Montgomery – “This Rather Than That” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LxYVK430W8&list=RDEMs-3zo0m9tyjNTJRG5jGsEg&index=2)

 

Community Yard SaleHello. How is everybody doing? I’m involved with a non-profit organization called Partnership For Affordable Housing (PAH). PAH is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide temporary and transitional housing assistance and life-essential services to low income seniors, displaced single parent families, and veterans. PAH also provides services including job counseling, food distribution, and relapse prevention. Please spread the word of our organization and event to friends, family, coworkers, etc. (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Please like us on Facebook.