Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hip-hop & salsa events tonight to remember Our Friends the Departed

hi folks, here is an email I got this morning...have a beautiful day. -Suzy


Hello again dancers,

Two additional opportunities to dance this evening were just announced
last night. Coincidentally they are just across the street from each
other: Draper Rd. next to the Tech campus in Blacksburg.

1 - 9:00 to 10:30 at The Center of Dance 215 Draper Road, a free
through dance, hip-hop class will be taught by Shauntrece Hardrict.
Details in note from Carol Crawford Smith copied below.

2 - 9:30 to 12:00 Salsa Massive. In honor Reema Samaha and Matthew La
Porte the 10:00 first salsa song will be without dancing. This is
SalsaTech's last Salsa Massive of the semester. It starts with half
lesson at 9:30, Oge Chi's, $3 ($2 SalsaTech members.) Details in note
from Brian Murphy below.


----- Note from Carol Crawford Smith -----

Dear VT and Blacksburg Communities,

As we move forward, many recognize dance to be a viable art form for
healing. One leader of our dance community, Shauntrece Hardrict, is
offering an evening of healing through dance on Wednesday, April 25th,
9:00 to 10:30pm. The dance form taught is hip-hop. The class includes a
brief warm up and stretch segment followed by 2 to 3 short combinations
taught by Shauntrece and two other dancers.

The location is The Center of Dance, 215 Draper Road, Upstairs 2nd
(Corner of College Ave and Draper Road, Diagonally across from
Admission is free and all are welcome.

I hope you can attend and experience the joy of healing through dance.

Yours truly,
Carol Crawford Smith

----- Note from Brian Murphy -----

I need this. Many others have been asking about it. In the spirit of
dance and the celebration of life, SalsaTech is proud to announce the
final Wednesday Night Salsa Massive of the semester [tonight, Wednesday
the 25th.] To pay homage to a few of the departed, Reema Samaha and
Matthew La Porte, beginning at 10 PM the first salsa song will be
dedicated in their loving memory, as we will observe restraint and
refrain from dancing. However, following the tribute the dance floor
will be open to all, and I, as is the case of many others I have spoken
with, will embark on a therapeutic journey through the halls of love,
laughter, and dance. [Tonight] we celebrate life.

WHAT: Wednesday Night Salsa Massive (salsa / merengue /
WHERE: Oge Chi's in downtown Blacksburg (near Bollo's, Sheesha,
WHEN: Wednesday night (every Wednesday as well) from 9:30 - 12 PM.
COST: $3 (for operation costs); ($2 for members though...)
LESSON: free lesson from 9:30 - 10 PM (adjusted to your skill level)

What would Jack Bauer do? Jack Bauer remembers departed friends.

In salsolidarity,
The Postmaster, Brian T. Murphy


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

a memo from Ashley to Our Friends the Recently Departed


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Damanhur Community presentation on April 19 in Asheville


Damanhur Community Presentation on April 19 in Asheville

One of the worlds largest and most successful communities, has created a model for a truly sustainable and diverse community. View a video of this incredible eco-village followed by discussion of starting a similar community here in WNC!

FYI – June 29-July 2, the ICSA International Intentional Communities Conference will be held at Damanhur, Italy. This year’s conference should be the largest intentional community conference in history due to Damanhur’s central European location and the international recognition and respect earned by their accomplishments. The universal language spoken at this year’s conference will be English. It will be a unique and unparalleled opportunity to learn, share ideas, and meet representatives from intentional communities worldwide.

If you are interested in knowing more about Damanhur and/or the conference, go to or call Dan and Rio Watson, (828) 698-1448, for details of the group trip planned for mid-June from Asheville.

CUP (Center of Unlimited Possibilities)

CUP, Westgate Shopping Ctr. (next to Earthfare)

Event Begin Time:
Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 07:00 pm
Event End Time:
Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 09:30 pm


International Festival today in Blacksburg

Hi everyone,

The International Festival is going to be held in Squires today. I am not sure what the times are but I do know that John Altizer and Bob Browder are helping to provide music for this event and they are going to be playing at 2:30.

Also please mark your calendar...The ArtTrain is going to stop in Pulaski soon. I will provide more info on this event as time permits, but I believe it is happening in late May.

Bye, thanks for reading, have a beautiful day. -Suzy


Saturday, April 14, 2007




Student summit in Appalachia, VA

Student Summit!

Appalachia, VA

April 13, 2007 12:00PM to 02:00PM

Event Description:
On the weekend of April 13-15 there will be a Summit in Wise County, VA, one of the most impacted communities by surface coal mining and mountain top removal in the state. The weekend is free and open to everyone, student or not. Come see how energy policies are affecting our land, communities, economy, and people. Meet coalfield residents, see mountain top removal sites, and let your eyes decide if coal is ever "clean" energy. For more information, feel free to contact Hannah at or 434-960-2080.

217 Main Street
contact Hannah for directions


Step it Up in Abingdon

Virginia Green Spring Festival

Abingdon, VA

April 17, 2007 12:00PM to 04:30PM

Event Description:
Free Live Music and wholesome vegan/vegetarian cuisine will be served at Virginia Highlands Community College while the attendees will be educated about climate control on a personal scale. Join us for live workshops on the production of biodiesel, presentations on organic farming and sustainable development, and good food!

The Three Free Live Bands will include the Tribal Harmony Council, the Old Time Pickers, and the Highlands Bluegrass Band. Speakers will include Anthony Flaccavento with Appalachian Sustainable Development, Nico Leidig of Simply Natural, Inc., Ben Casteel, and Kevin Hamed, Professor of Biology

Time: 12 pm to 4:30 pm

100 VHCC Drive Abingdon, Va 24210
Exit 14 off of I-81. Turn right if comming from South or North; turn right at first red light. Follow the signs to the Community College.


Step it Up group photo in Asheville at 1:45 today

April 14, 2007 01:00PM to 02:00PM

Event Description:
Rally scheduled in front of City County buildings in downtown Asheville, NC. Date April 14, 2007 from 1 to 2. A group photo is scheduled for 1:45. If you play bluegrass, an impromptu/informal jam session will begin at 12:15 right before the event.

Speakers for this event are Warren Wilson College President Sandy Pfeiffer. President Pfeiffer is one of two NC college presidents that have signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment - an initiative modeled after the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

Mayor Terry Bellamy will address the group. She signed has the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The City of Asheville has also formed a Sustainable Development Committee. Richard Fireman, Western Region Director of the NC Interfaith Power & Light (a program of the NC Council of Churches) will also address the group. An invitation has been extended to Senator Elizabeth Dole and Congressman Heath Shuler to address the group.

For more information about this event, you can visit our blog at


step it up actions in NC

Climate change action picture venues

hi Folks,

here are some fun venues & picture ideas for Southwest Virginians looking for folks looking to make some memories this April 14.

Blue Ridge Parkway > Lost Mountain

Floyd, VA > SLEC building

Floyd, VA > Floyd Contra Dance at the Sun Music Hall

Big Island, VA > fiber arts festival

Blacksburg, VA > hypothetical Wal-Mart site on South Main



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hi everyone, below is a good link to a Roanoke Times story about some volunteers from Cave Spring.


Climate change impact on shamanic culture in Mongolia


Friday, April 13, 2007




Earth-Friendly Friday this evening in Roanoke news for Friday, April 13 - This Earth-Friendly Friday, the ecology and culture of the Chesapeake Bay are being spotlighted at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Roanoke. Aaron Barr will speak there tonight about recent ecological and life quality shifts along America's waterways in a presentation entitled "We are all Smith Islanders: Climate Change in the Chesapeake Bay". This event will begin at 7 pm.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 2015 Grandin Road in Roanoke. To learn more about this event, please call 387-0930 or visit



Thursday, April 12, 2007

News from the Big Lick

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news for Thursday, April 12

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Free dance lessons are being offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at El Coqui Caribbean Restaurant and Lounge in Roanoke. Learn salsa, mambo, and the Argentine Tango, just to name a few. Please dial 915-9038 to learn more.

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This Saturday in Roanoke, area kids are invited to join Virginia architects in designing and building new structures. KidStruction is a free event which will take place from 10 am to 2 pm in the Center on the Square. Please dial 344-6015 to learn more.

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An art reception will take place tomorrow from 5 to 8 pm at the WVTF art gallery in Roanoke to celebrate the installation of an exhibit of work by Katherine Devine. Please call 989-8900 to learn more.



Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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hi everyone
I hope you are well

I heard a fun presentation at real estate school yesterday. A fellow was explaining to me how they drive traffic to the company website and he proudly said, we spend 2.5 to 3 million a year buying keywords.

I resisted the urge to speak up with my own opinion but I do wish to say to anyone who is listening, please, do not ever consider trying something like this at home. Or in any small Appalachian business. Or any modest-sized one. And please do not try to do this with a personal line of credit!

If you want to send your hard earned money to California in this way, there is a much more secure way to do it. Simply stuff some currency in an envelope and address it to Some Random So & So, Silicon Valley, California. Enclose a note which says, please make people love the (NaniNani) website, thank you gods of search engine-ness.

If you like, enclose a bit of scripture which suits your mood. OR save your money & just send the scripture! Whatever you do, though, DO NOT give The Google your credit card, or you may wind up being very very sorry, like I did.

Folks, please save your hard earned cash and your dignity, and practice organic search engine optimization at all times.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

NAMI annual dinner in Salem tonight

Hi everyone, I just read in the Roanoke Times that tonight NAMI is hosting best-selling author and journalist Pete Earley at the Salem Civic Center, who will speak about his recent book entitled Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Health Madness.

This event will run from 5:30 to 9 pm, and includes a silent auction. Dinner begins at 6:15 and Pete Earley will speak at 7:20. A reservation is required. Price: $15, which includes dinner. To learn more, please call Phyllis Scruggs at 345-2829.

Bye, thanks for reading. -Suzy



Friday, April 06, 2007

Snake Hollow String Band to play in Floyd tonight news for Friday, April 6 - the Snake Hollow String Band will play tonight at 9:30 at the Floyd Country Store in downtown Floyd, Virginia. Please visit or call 745-4563 to learn more.


Thursday, April 05, 2007

Rising Tide roadshow tonight in Floyd

hi readers

just a reminder that there is a roadshow happening tonight at the Blackwater Loft in Floyd from 6 to 9 pm. Rising Tide will present this event, which is designed to raise awareness about climate change in the context of creative, win-win solutions to the problem of over-centralized energy distribution systems. this is a free event, and all are welcome.

the Blackwater Loft is located on South Locust Street in the heart of downtown Floyd. to reach the Blackwater Loft by phone, please call 745-LOFT.


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

spring has sprung/the grass has riz/I wonder where the benthic invertebrates is?

hi readers
hope you are doing well

here is the news about real estate school: it is really freaking hard and not exactly an ikigai-rich experience. but I am learning about important things like air rights, subsurface rights, and the difference between riparian rights and right of prior appropriation. These last two terms are very important for folks who expect pathogen-free water from their well, spring, or tap. Or for anyone who wishes to express dissent with the notion that there is not a scarcity of water in the state of Virginia.

if you are here to stretch your brain and/or your ikigai, here is a real estate riddle for you.


Muka-a-a-a-ashi, mukashi, Henrietta K. inherits her family's farm in County X, Virginia. Some time later Henrietta begins to notice a bad and constant lunchmeat smell which permeates both her home and her lands. Henrietta is certain that the odor is not originating from her property, so she goes to the county office to see if any record exists which prove that air rights on her land had been sold at some point in the past. Henrietta finds nothing on any deed to indicate such a thing.

Which county is X?


the rising tide roadshow happens tomorrow at the Blackwater Cafe in Floyd. I am going to type in some more info about this momentarily if I can. for now here is the basic info:

Rising Tide Roadshow
6 to 9 pm
Blackwater Cafe (downtown Floyd)
Kids welcome

I learned some stuff about benthic invertebrates over the weekend. I learned that baby caddis flies and other water bugs in the nymph stage can indicate a stream in good health. stone flies were another bug mentioned as a species which cannot thrive in icky water.

speaking of which I was hanging out in the sluck a few days ago when I picked up a whole bunch of litter along the edge of the impoundment project, where it gets vomited up when the power company raises the water level each spring.

did you know...last year's website for Smith Mountain Lake cleanup day gave the A-E-P the top medal for participation in lake remediation efforts. for cleaning up its own power station project!

this just proves that I should own a therapy pony. modern existence keeps becoming more and more like a bad acid trip and I think that a mini-horse is the only thing that is going to be effective in keeping all my ikigai from leaking out. who knows? it may all leak out by the end of the day today because the Moseley Dickinson Academy of Real Estate, though highly accredited and all that, has very very very bad Feng Shui.

oh great news - John Altizer has generously volunteered to give a demonstration of Chinese movement arts at the Jacksonville Center in Floyd on April 14. I will be posting more information about April 14 events as time permits but there are lots of things happening at the Jacksonville Center that day, so please stay tuned.

well I need to go now, have a beautiful day. -Suzy