Archive for January, 2012

January 29, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, January 28 (8 PM), and Sunday, January 29 (9 AM), 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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On Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29th, on Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon will interview acclaimed documentary filmmaker Velcrow Ripper, and Dr. Erika Enos, who has a naturopathic medicine practice in Merced, CA, and Oregon.  Dr. Enos will discuss a winter cleanse program that she has developed, particularly for the Merced community, and Velcrow Ripper will speak about his ground breaking movie, Occupy Love.

To listen to the interview with documentary filmmaker Velcrow Ripper, click onto the link:velcrow ripper

Velcrow Ripper is a lot like his movies — friendly, hopeful, full of electrifying ideas. He is an award-winning filmmaker with dozens of films and videos under his belt, including Scared Sacred, named one of Canada’s Top 10 movies of 2004, and winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. Ripper’s newest movie, Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action, has been wowing audiences around the world with its investigation of how we are connected to each other and to this planet.  This award winning film’s message of hope and change is delivered via magnificent visuals.      -Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

Ripper has been filming at Occupy Wall Street  since day one.  He has discovered a revolution rooted in compassion,  direct democracy, and shared power, as opposed to the “power over” model of the current western world view.  The new story is one of Inter-dependence, and a shared experience our collective vulnerability in the face of heartless political and economic structures. The crisis has awakened our love of others and our love of the planet.  Love is the movement.

In addition to covering the Occupy movement in NYC, Ripper has been on an exciting global journey, tracing the roots of the European Summer through  the Indignado’s of Spain, the  Arab spring during the second wave of the Egyptian Revolution,  the global Occupy Movement at  Occupy London, England, as well as the historical General Strike at Occupy Oakland,  and Occupy Canada.

Woven throughout the moving, action oriented backbone of the story, will be a deep  exploration of the heart of the movement, the meaning of  love, and concrete examples of just what “another world” could look like, featuring some of world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy.

Occupy Love will be a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and theatrical soundscapes.  It will be a powerful, transformative and cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired.

The film will feature an incredible cast of visionaries, both  well known, and the everyday heroes who are emerging in this fledgling movement.  Featuring: Malik Rhassan from Occupy the Hood, visionary Naomi Klein, sacred economist Charles Eisenstein, “Horizontal Power” author and early Occupy organizer Marina Sitrin, native elder and activist Tom Goldtooth, climate activist Bill McKibben,  Occupy activist and author Rebecca Solnit, Egyptian revolutionary Asmaa Mahfouz, permaculturist Penny Livingston Stark, founder of “Transition Town” movement Rob Hopkins, author “Empathic Civilization” Jeremy Rifkin, and more.

Join Occupy Love on facebook at Occupy Love 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: Occupy Love is the movie I have been waiting to make, all my life.  Today’s global awakening is what my earlier films have been anticipating and fostering – a current of potential that was pulsing  and rumbling, just below the surface. Suddenly, from the Arab Spring to the European Summer to the global Occupy Movement, the volcano has erupted.  As the  popular #Occupy sign reads, “The Beginning is Here.”  We have captured the material to create one of the hottest documentary projects of the year, a film, and accompanying inter-media project, that will act as both a reflection and a catalyst to the “heart of the times.”

To listen to Dr. Erika Enos discuss naturopathic medicine, click onto the link:natural healer

Dr. Erika Enos’ Renewal Cleanse is designed to NOURISH YOU and provide a healthy start for 2012!  One round has already taken place.  If you are interested in participating in a second round of the Renewal Cleanse this winter or future seasonal cleanses hosted by Dr. Enos, please go to her website,   The cleanse will take place in Merced, California.  Spread the word to you Central Valley friends!

As a practitioner who focuses on the concepts of biotherapeutic drainage, Dr. Enos believes that we should be cultivating daily habits that aid our body’s ability to eliminate and detoxify. These habits are something she shares with all of her patients. In addition to these regular routines, there are certain times of year that a little extra cleansing or renewing can be helpful for many people. January, after the holiday months focused on celebrating and indulgence, is one of them. Digestive systems have been over worked by big holiday meals. Often there is weight gain. Along with the celebration, holidays are often stressful and as a result, nervous systems suffer.  The Winter Renewal Cleanse will be an opportunity for you to reset or establish whole body balance and to set healthy intentions for 2012.  Cleansing is also helpful to relieve symptoms of many chronic diseases.

Healing Roots Medicine offers holistic health care to patients of all ages and backgrounds. Our approach to medicine and healing is appropriate for an unlimited range of illnesses, from the common cold to longstanding chronic disease. Rather than merely focusing on and addressing symptoms, we seek to understand and correct the imbalance that is causing them. It is this approach that makes the medicine practiced at Healing Roots both curative and preventive.  Please explore our website or contact us directly to learn more about our practitioners and approach.

Dr. Erika Enos graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine, the oldest accredited naturopathic college in the United States. After graduation she completed a residency with NCNM. The full-time residency included working in NCNM’s diverse clinics as well as rotations with specialists and experts in the community.

Currently, Dr. Enos is in Merced 2-3 days each month.  Her office is located in the Holistic Xchange.  Please feel free to schedule appointments through the Holistic Xchange at (209)726-9762, or call Dr. Enos directly at (209) 233.0111.

Here’s one of the great recipe’s on Dr. Enos’ website:

Bieler’s Broth:


2 medium zucchini

2 stalks celery

1 cup green beans

1 clove garlic

I handful parsley

Instructions: Rough chop zucchini, celery and green beans. Place in a medium sauce pan and cover with 2 -3 cups water, depending on desired thickness. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Cool slightly. Place in blender, add parsley and garlic. Puree with caution until smooth. Makes several cups.

This simple broth is wonderful as a food staple during colds. It is also packed with nutrients that help with detoxification and healing of the adrenal glands.

Optional Ingredients: Organic butter or coconut oil Miso paste or sea salt or Braggs Liquid Aminos Onions Kale Carrots Fresh or dried herbs: basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano Any vegetable of your liking.

January 21, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, January 21st (8 pm), and Sunday, January 22nd (9 am), 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday and Sunday, January 21st and 22nd as host Kim McMillon interviews Faye Saxton the Director of Wellness Connections, and Judy Nelson on the 9th Annual Wellness Fair 2012 on Sunday, January 29th in Fresno, CA.  Judy Nelson, one of the fair speakers, will discuss Genetically Modified Organisms: Hidden Health Risks in Our Food.

To listen to Kim McMillon’s interview with Faye Saxton and Judy Nelson, click onto the link: health fair

Since 1996 Americans have been eating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in their food without their knowledge or consent.  Scientific research repeatedly indicates that GMOs pose potentially serious health and environmental risks, yet our government continues to promote and support their proliferation.  During this talk, you will learn what GMOs are, how they are created and why, the potential health and environmental risks, and what you can do to protect yourself and the environment from them.  You have the right to know what you are eating so that you can make informed choices to protect your health.

Wellness Fair 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

International Catering Company

4277 N. West Avenue

(Just North of Ashlan) 
Fresno, CA 93705

Tickets in Advance $5 per person <> Tickets at the Door $7 per person

January 19, 2012

Interview with Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. James C. Warren

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KYOS’s Steve Colvard interviews Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. James C. Warren. The Tuskegee Airmen was the first all-black aerial military unit, based in Tuskegee, Ala., in 1941, according to the Tuskegee Airmen website. Blacks were barred from flying for the U.S. military before 1940, but civil rights groups helped change that, according to the site.

Click onto the link to listen to the interview ˜__ 8

Lt. Col. Warren was a grand marshal in Merced MLK Parade, which included Bishop Dwight Amey, who sits on the city Planning Commission and is a pastor at New Faith Tabernacle Christian Church of Merced, and educator Iris Jackson, who served as mistress of ceremony at the fairgrounds.

Warren is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was navigator aboard the Hanoi Taxi, the C-141 whose mission was to pick up POWs released by the North Vietnamese and bring them to Clark Air Base in the Philippines.

January 14, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday (8 PM) & Sunday (9 AM), Jan 14 & 15, 20112

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On Saturday and Sunday, January 14th & 15th, Arts in the Valley presents a special show with Songhealer Sophia.  This hour show will include samplings of Sophia’s extraordinary music, and a discussion of her life work.

To listen to Sophia’s interview, click onto the link:song healer-2

Sophia’s music is life-affirming.  This is her message, and story in her own words.

I believe my voice and my music are gifts from God/dess. For those of you who may be open to the concept of reincarnation, I’ll share this story. Several years ago, during the course of a spiritual intensive, I had a strong and vivid memory of my most recent past life. I was a 5 year old girl who died in a concentration camp. This recollection was devastating in all its painful, horrifying detail. I continued to work through this experience and I found myself up in what seemed to be the throne room of the Divine Mother, with all the children who had died such horrible deaths. It was a celebration. We had come through! We learned that we had chosen this sacrifice, to develop compassion and, in many cases, the determination that this would never happen again. Jesus was there and the angels were singing. I was told that this was the music which must come back to Earth, and then – bang- I was born, in 1946. From the beginning I was stubborn and independent and filled with a sense of mission – to keep that kind of cruelty and devastation from happening again if I possibly could – to Save the World!

Raised by Jewish-Agnostic parents in Philadelphia, I finally contacted my own spiritual nature during the psychedelic revolution of the 60s. I lived and worked in a large commune in the Haight-Ashbury, The One World Family, which operated two vegetarian restaurants, put out a newspaper, raised children, baked many loaves of bread a day, and traveled to put on shows in our painted up school bus. It was there that I first began writing my own songs, about our shared vision that a New World was upon us and it would grow out of our recognition that we were all One. The image I have of that time is that of a giant seed pod that, exposed to intense light and heat, exploded, sending tiny seeds out all over the world. Those seeds began to sprout, and have now produced flowers and ripening fruit of consciousness and caring for the Earth and all life upon Her.

My musical interests have been eclectic, ranging from East Indian to Native American. I like to combine chants from different cultures, to bridge between worlds. My instrument is my voice, but I have picked up several instruments – guitar, zither (or angel harp), dulcimer, tamboura, thunder drum, rainstick. Rather than an entertainer, I consider myself a facilitator through music and song to create unity, inspiration and song circles for mutual healing and upliftment. I am available for gatherings of loving souls. Find me at

January 9, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday (8 PM) & Sunday (9 AM), January 7 & 8, 2012, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday and Sunday, January 7 & 8 as host Kim McMillon interviews poet Mary Jo Bang, and Sophoan Sorn, the producer of the 5th Annual San Joaquin International Film Festival.

To listen to poet Mary Jo Bang, click onto the link:Poet Mary Jo Bang
Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poems: Apology for Want (1997) received the Bakeless Prize and the Great Lake Colleges New Writers Award; Louise in Love (2001) received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (2001) was chosen by Mark Strand in the University of Georgia Contemporary Poets Series competition; The Eye Like a Strange Balloon was published in 2005; Elegy (2007) was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent book of poems is The Bride of E (2009). Her work has been translated into Spanish (Elegia, Bartleby Editores, 2010) and German (Eskapaden: Ausgewählte Gedichte, Luxbooks, 2010). She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and teaches in the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2012.

To listen to Sophoan Sorn click onto the link:film fest

Sophoan Sorn began the creation of the San Joaquin International Film Festival in 2007. SJIFF inaugurated on June 4, 2008 at the historic Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton. His collaborative spirit, innovative leadership and steadfast advocacy began an unprecedented and growing film culture for the area. He founded the year-round San Joaquin Film Society in 2009, curating unique programs as the San Joaquin Children’s Film Festival, Cinema Italia and French Cinema Days; while building strong collaborations with many institutions across the area, such as University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta College, The Haggin Museum and Modesto’s State Theatre. He is currently the third-year Director of San Francisco’s Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, America’s largest focus program of recent films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Presented by the Germany’s official cultural center, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Berlin & Beyond has been held annually since 1996 at the legendary Castro Theatre. He is based in San Francisco, California, and annually attends the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.

The San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF), the annual flagship festival of the San Joaquin Film Society is a special showcase of new, innovative, and award-winning works from emerging talents and master directors from around the World and America. The 5th Anniversary San Joaquin International Film Festival will take place January 12-14, 2012 at Stockton Empire Theatre and January 15th at the Janet Leigh Theatre at University of the Pacific. SJIFF will feature a bold collection of new films – along with directors in attendance and programs for all ages.

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