Arts in the Valley, March 19th, 8 PM, PST, KY0S 1480 AM, Merced, CA

by arthouseflower

To listen to Arts in the Valley for March 19th with Guests Kevin Hammon & Kimberly Zamora discussing the Art Hop, and Dr. John L. Turner discussing the Earthquake in Japan, and Willi Paul on the community building power of permaculture, please click onto the link below:

History of the Merced Art Hop
Kevin Hammon at Binary Systems Computer and Kimberly Zamora at Tallulah Brigitta had a vision to organize Merced’s 1st Art Hop. Kimberly closed her boutique Tallulah Brigitta, to pursue her Designing/Art career and the Art Hop.

Their motivation was two-fold: to promote economic growth in the downtown neighborhood and to support local artists who have few opportunities to exhibit their work. The only trouble was, art hops require art galleries, and Merced doesn’t have many of those—not much “hop” to that. So, Kevin and Kimberly went door-to-door asking businesses to stay open late for one night and pretend to be a gallery. To the committee’s delight, the response was overwhelming! The rest is history.

Upcoming Art Hop
The Spring version of the Merced Art Hop will be presented on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., in shops and spaces all along Main Street in downtown Merced. Come and see local artists inside your favorite stores, and listen to live music along the sidewalks.

What is an Art Hop?
The Merced Art Hop is a chance for the community to meet in downtown Merced to support our local businesses and artists, and to celebrate the vast interpretations of what art is. It’s easy. Come downtown (plenty of street, surface and parcade parking), pick up a map at any participating business or at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, start walking. Visit all or some of the businesses who are hosting artists for the night. The rest is up to you—meet local artists and business owners, ask how they got started, what inspires them, learn more about their products and artwork, maybe even buy something or just window shop.

During his career as a surgeon, Dr. Jack Turner’s curiosity drove him to explore several nontraditional healing modalities that broadened the scope of recovery for his patients. These new techniques included the practice of Johrei (the healing art of Japan), chanting and meditation (approaches found in all religious practices throughout history), soul travel and astral projection (as espoused by Eckankar, Robert Bruce and others), and precognition/remote viewing (as developed by Hal Puthoff, Ingo Swann and Russell Targ at the Stanford Research Institute).

Jack is the author of Medicine, Miracles, and Manifestations, his twenty-year story of his contributions to the field of neurosurgery through Integral Medicine. The concept of Integral Medicine has been written about by notable members of the medical community, including Andrew Weil, Larry Dossey, Deepak Chopra, Mehmet Oz and Dean Ornish. Each of these writers is a physician who specializes in internal medicine or surgery. What makes John Turner similar to these writers is that he, too, is a physician. What makes him different from these writers is that he is a neurosurgeon. In fact, he is the only brain surgeon to write of medicine from this perspective: hand’s on use of complementary techniques prior to, during and after surgery, and exploration of pathways that lead to the spiritual world.

Jack has a great deal of family and friends in Japan. Today we’re going to learn about their experiences during the Earthquake, and its aftermath, Also, what we can do to help, whether it is prayer, money, or our time. If you would like to donate, please visit
To listen to Dr. Turner’s interview, click onto the link below:

Willi Paul is Founder, Writer & Researcher at, Magazine &

His work focuses on the what is sacred to us, the community building power of permaculture and the transformative energy in the new alchemy (incl: soil, sound, digital) and global mythologies.

Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies.

Permaculture is sustainable land use design. This is based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximise effect and minimise work. Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants. The ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all part of the picture. Inhabitants’ needs are provided for using proven technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure. Elements in a system are viewed in relationship to other elements, where the outputs of one element become the inputs of another. Within a Permaculture system, work is minimised, “wastes” become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored. Permaculture principles can be applied to any environment, at any scale from dense urban settlements to individual homes, from farms to entire regions.

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