Archive for May, 2011

May 29, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, May 28, 8 PM, PST, Merced, CA

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Arts in the Valley Host Kim McMillon interviews Millennium Sportsclub Fitness coaches Cathy Centovich and Chelonda Rice, and Jay Herbrand, UCCE Merced County Master Gardener Chair on the Saturday, May 28th program.
Millennium Sports Club fitness trainers Cathy and Chelonda will discuss Millennium’s Silver Sneakers Program, and ways to Enhance the body, Renew the mind, and Nurture the spirit. For seniors interested in signing up for the Silver Sneakers Program, check your insurance to see if you qualify. Mention the Arts in the Valley show, and receive a 7 Day Pass to train at Millennium Sports Club.

The Millennium SportsClub is a full service health and fitness facility. The Club is committed to serving its members and community by providing valued health and recreational programs. For more information about the club, call (209) 722-3988 or visit.

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The purpose of the University of California Master Gardener Program is to extend to the public research-based information, verified by UC experts, about home horticulture, pest identification, landscape management and other environmental and natural resource issues.

The Master Gardener Program recently started a Helpline that is manned every Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The number is 209-385-7403. You can leave a message if you call any other time. They also have a booth at the Merced Farmers Markets. They are at both the North market in “The Promenade” and the downtown one at N &19th street. For more information, please visit their website,

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Click here to listen to information about the Merced Arts Council:

Click here to listen to interview with
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May 22, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, May 21, 2011, 8 PM, PST, Merced, CA

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Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews Emily Lindsey, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant; World Weight Lifting Champion Jerzy Gregorek, and Health Educator Eileen Vidales.

Click onto the link to listen to Emily Lindsey: SAV1-1
Before and After Baby began as a breastfeeding education and support service in the Merced area in 2006 with Emily Lindsey. With the need for breastfeeding and parenting support services growing for the central valley Before and After Baby was born in 2009.
Emily Lindsey received her Bachelors of Psychology with an emphasis in family counseling from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2004. While employed at a local hospital she began her journey that has helped her become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has worked in numerous settings and lectured on numerous topics to include peer support services, mother support groups, pumping techniques, worksite lactation, and the cultures of breastfeeding.

Since she has come back to the valley she has assisted many families with classes, phone support, and consultations at her office, mothers home’s and in the hospital. She has also worked with over 10 hospitals; personally training over 100 obstetric staff members and assisting in their Quality Improvement projects to implement best practices and increase exclusive breastfeeding rates through skin to skin, rooming in, and staff education.

She currently serves as the Chair Woman for the Merced County Breastfeeding Coalition as well as on the Board for the California Breastfeeding Coalition and assists on numerous valley projects related to healthy living.

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To listen to Jerzy Gregorek’s interview, click onto the link:SAV2-7
You can radically change the shape and size of your body in 8 weeks, and reroute the direction your health is going in — no matter how old you are or what your condition.

That’s the message of nationally known LA fitness guru Jerzy Gregorek, who will be teaching, along with co-instructor Amy Wong, an 8-week intensive fitness training course at San Francisco’s E&0 Trading Company, Saturdays 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., June 11 through July 30, 2011.

Gregorek is a 4-time World Weightlifting Champion and world recordholder who runs a successful fitness coaching practice in LA called The Happy Body. He’s become famous among the hundreds of athletes, celebrities, and ordinary people whose bodies, lives, and health he’s transformed using The Happy Body Program, based on three decades of research and development.

Participants in the weekly San Francisco classes will learn:
• A simple routine of floor exercises you can do at home using light hand weights, which will tone and strengthen every part of your body
• How to incorporate stress-reducing rest and rejuvenation techniques into your routine to optimize fat burning, muscle building, and well-being
• How to develop the ideal exercise profile and nutrition plan for your specific body type, and then set a precise timetable to achieve your goal
• How to slow down the aging process that makes us stiff, stooped, slow, sick, and sluggish

Jerzy Gregorek is coauthor, with his wife Aniela, of The Happy Body: The Simple Science of Nutrition, Exercise, and Relaxation, winner of six national and international awards in the category of health and fitness books. They are also head coaches of the UCLA weightlifting team. Using The Happy Body techniques, the Gregoreks have changed the lives of hundreds of people–from housewives and physicians to athletes and celebrities–who came to them with every conceivable body shape and desire.

The 8-week course costs $350, all ages are welcome, and enrollment is limited. Participants can get more information about the class and register at

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To listen to Eileen Vidales’ interview, click onto the link
Eileen Vidales educates people about their health through corporate wellness programs, one on one coaching, public and private school programs, grant writing, natural health …seminars, and weight management seminars. You are what you eat, so let’s make it healthy!

“Fun-Fitness is a CBO (community based organization) geared towards non-profit work, community projects, and working with kids/teens regarding weight management and exercise programs including yoga, pilates, and outdoor fitness activities. They donate 10% of their money to the CCROP (central California regional obesity prevention program) located inside United Way of Merced.”

Afternoon Delight Walking Group
is a new mid-day walking group in Merced, CA.
They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12:30-1:00pm at Bob Hart Square in Downtown Merced. The group has an option at 1:00 to walk back to Pilates Plus for a core workout with Armando or they can join Eileen Vidales for a free 30 minute beginner yoga class in the Sam Pipes room at the Civic Center.

Eileen is currently working in her studio on Main St, doing Yoga classes at the City of Merced during lunchtime, and working with 40 students at Snelling schools for an hour and a half class once a week

May 18, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8 PM, PST, Merced, CA

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To listen to Kim interview Staci Santa & Gail Benedict, click onto the link:Staci_Santa
Listen to Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interview Merced Arts Council Executive Director Staci M. Santa, UC Merced’s Gail Benedict, and author Scott Bonn on Saturday, May 14th at 8 PM, PST.

Staci Santa joined the Arts Council in July 2006, when she moved to Merced from Tucson, Arizona. A year later, she became the executive director, managing a 16-person staff and a 28,000 square foot facility.

On Saturday, May 21st from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, the Arts Council invites the public to Casino Royale. Black jack, poker, craps and roulette, as well as classic James Bond cocktails, a scrumptious dinner and an array of desserts will be a part of this 21 and over fundraiser. DJ LeLe will spin the music for this exciting night. Tickets are $60 each, or a table of 4 for only $200, and include $50 of gambling chips. Get yours today by calling (209) 388-1090 or go on line at

Gail Benedict serves on the committee that is planning the May 21st fundraiser, and is a big supporter of the Merced County Arts Council having served as a board member for over 5 years, and was the recipient of the “Arts Angel Award” in 2009. Gail represents UC Merced in the Merced County Performing Arts Presenters Coalition that is dedicated to promoting arts presenting organizations in Merced County.

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To listen to Scott Bonn’s interview on Arts in the Valley, click onto the link:Scott_Bond
Scott A. Bonn is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Dr. Bonn is not your average academic. He combines the knowledge and skills of an academic scholar with more than twenty years of senior-level corporate experience as an advertising and media executive. As such, he has unique insights into the public’s attitudes and beliefs, how they are shaped, and the agenda-setting powers of the government and the news media. Bonn has developed a unique, integrated, and interdisciplinary theory called “critical communication” to explain how and why political elites and the news media periodically create public panics that benefit both parties. Dr. Bonn is a frequent public speaker, consultant, media expert and critic. He is the author of a new book titled “Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq” from Rutgers University Press.

May 8, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, May 7, 2011, 8 PM, PST, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Arts in the Valley hosted by Kim McMillon interviews Merced ShakespeareFest founder and director Heike Hambley, and the Frugal Goddess Annabel Ascher at 8 PM, PST, Saturday, May 7, 2011.
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Since 2002, the Merced ShakespeareFest has performed one or two Shakespeare plays each summer on the stage of the Merced Open Air Theater in Applegate Park under the helm of founder and director Heike Hambley. Again she is getting ready to audition and then direct the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” which was the very first play to be performed in 2002.

Currently Heike is also rehearsing at Playhouse Merced in “Lysistrata” which opened on May 6. She collaborates with Hatchwork Theater Project putting on performances of small edgy pieces in summer and fall.

About the Merced Shakespeare Festival:
Merced’s Summer Shakespeare festival is fun for the whole family and it is free of charge. It happens during daylight hours in the beautiful green Applegate Park in Merced, California.

Quality, fast-paced performances with a minimal set in an abridged version, usually 90 minutes long are the order of the day!

Upcoming Auditions…
Auditions for Much Ado About Nothing
will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10 am at Playhouse Merced. Brush up your Shakespeare!

Brush up your Shakespeare,
Start quoting him now.
Brush up your Shakespeare
And the women you will wow.
If your goil is a Washington Heights dream
Treat the kid to “A Midsummer Night Dream.”
If she fights when her clothes you are mussing,
What are clothes? “Much Ado About Nussing.”
If she says your behavior is heinous
Kick her right in the “Coriolanus.”
Brush up your Shakespeare
And they’ll all kowtow,
And they’ll all kowtow,
And they’ll all kowtow.

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The Frugal Goddess Annabel Ascher
If you are feeling squeezed by this tough economy and aren’t sure how you are going to make ends meet, you will find practical advice from today’s guest, The Frugal Goddess. If you are on solid ground but just have a bad feeling about the excess spending of the past, you will find inspiration from this practical Goddess. The Frugal Goddess gives you the straight info on avoiding wasteful spending and saving money so you can live a happier, freer, more prosperous life.

The Frugal Goddess is Annabel Ascher. Annabel lives in Sonoma County wine country. This area was rural and relatively inexpensive when she moved there in 1978, but over the years in has become one of the most expensive areas in the country to live. She realized she either had to re-prioritize her spending or leave the beautiful area where she had built a life. So she did a methodical study of frugality and in the process created a system that will work for anyone. Based on the concept of frugal abundance, her system will help you get more use and pleasure out of what you actually have right now.

In addition to this blog she also writes for the as the frugal living reporter for San Francisco. Her book, The Frugal Goddess Speaks, can be pre-ordered on her website, The expected release date is late May 2011.

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