Archive for ‘Arts in the Valley’

July 6, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, July 7 (8 p.m.) and Sunday, July 8 (2 p.m.), 2012, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley as host Kim McMillon interviews Henry Tenenbaum, one of the Bay Area’s most popular and recognized TV personalities, serving as host and creator of KRON4’s popular Bay Area Bargains and Henry’s Garden; Australian journalist and author Stephanie Dale, the author of My Pilgrim’s Heart; and Amanda with Teen’s Scene.  Amanda will interview Phil King, a 23 year –old musician, singer and songwriter.

To listen to Henry Tenenbaum, click onto this link:tannenbaum

Henry Tenenbaum has decades of television experience as an award-winning Network and local station correspondent, interviewer, producer and news anchor. His is also a sought-after voiceover artist, known for the flexibility and resonance of his voice.

His radio and TV skills range from performing and producing to editing, sound recording and photography.

During the course of his career, Henry has interviewed  thousands of well-known (and obscure) figures ranging from the Dalai Lama to Bruce Springsteen.  In his feature reporting, he has gone wing walking, skydiving, scuba diving, and fire-fighting.  He has performed as an extra with the Bolshoi Opera, flown with the Blue Angels aerobatics team, and explored underground caves with spelunkers.

Henry has reported from many unique and exotic locations, including a pearl farm in Tahiti, the gaming tables of Monte Carlo, the temples of Angkor Watt and the deck of an aircraft carrier in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

As host of  The Discovery Channel’s signature program “Beyond 2000,” his work has been seen across North America and around the world.

Henry started his career as a classical music announcer (and later program director) at WBFO, a pioneering public radio station in Buffalo, New York.  His television career began as a reporter and cameraman for WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York. He later moved to Washington, D.C., where he traveled around the country and the world as a news reporter and then as host of number-one rated “PM/Evening Magazine.”  He went on the NBC network’s “Today Show,”  where he worked as a Nation Feature Correspondent.  His national exposure continued when he served as a syndicated entertainment critic for the Washington D.C.-based Post-Newsweek stations.

Henry’s other hard-news experience includes almost two decades as host and interviewer for the top-rated KRON4 News Weekend. He also worked as a news anchor and correspondent for NBC’s station in Washington, D.C., WRC-TV.  Working as a medical reporter, his series on the AIDS epidemic earned him the prestigious Ohio State University National Journalism Award.

Over the course of his career, Henry has won over a dozen Emmy Awards, an Excellence in Journalism Award for Feature Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, and an Associated Press documentary award.

To listen to Stephanie Dale, click onto the link:staphanie dale

In 2007, Award-winning Australian journalist and author Stephanie Dale walked across Italy, through the Balkans and into the Middle East with her adult son, Ben. Ben was on a pilgrimage, a 7000 km epic journey from Canterbury to Jerusalem. Stephanie flew to Rome to join him for the middle leg of his journey, with the intention of walking with him to Istanbul. My Pilgrim’s Heart is the story of that journey. Stephanie Dale has been awarded the Australian Journalist Association Prodi Award for best feature in 1990, the Sir Harry Budd Memorial Award in 1992, and a gold medal IPPY award for Hymn for the Wounded Man for best fiction in 2011. Stephanie will incorporate her “Song of the Soul” writing motivation workshop into her presentation. All participants will need is a paper and pen. To learn more about Stephanie’s journey, visit:

To listen to Amanda’s Teen Scene, click onto the link:amanda-3

Amanda with Teen Scene will interview musician Phil King.  Phil is a 23 year –old musician, singer/songwriter, who began his musical journey early on, when he penned his first tune at the age of nine. Since then he has honed his ever-sharpening songwriting skills and has written and co-written many songs with the likes of Jennie Lee Riddle (Revelation Song), Klaus Kuehn, and Tony Wood (Francesca Battistelli, Phillips, Craig and Dean, and Mandisa) to name a few.

At age sixteen, Phil began leading Praise & Worship where he attended church in central California and by the age of seventeen he had picked up the guitar and piano. Phil King’s passion for Praise & Worship and his love for the Lord and people are clearly evident in his music. His unashamed proclamation of the hope found in Christ, is a refreshing conversion in the industry today.

Some of Phil’s musical influences are greats such as: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Stevie Wonder, and Eric Clapton. These various influences are definitely reflected in his guitar licks and his songs, which are contagiously catchy and infused with irresistible hook-driven melodies, sincere lyrical honesty, soulful riffs and bluesy overtones. In fact, Israel Houghton and many others compare him to the likes of Jonny Lang.

Deeply soulful, is the best way to describe Phil’s vocal styling. Whether crooning heartfelt ballads or belting powerful, up-tempo anthems, it’s his genuine heart for worship and music ministry that shines through and grabs your attention on a profoundly moving level.



June 15, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday (8 PM), June 16, and Sunday (2 PM), June 17, 2012, 1480 KYOS AM

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Tune into Arts in the Valley this Saturday, June 16 at 8 pm, and Sunday, June 17th at 2 pm. Host Kim McMillon will interview spiritual healer Elizabeth Joyce, and J.P. Dancing Bear, Editor of The American Poetry Journal, and host of FM91.5 KKUP’s “Out of Our Minds.” The interviews will be listed on the Arts in the Valley Facebook Page on the evening of Saturday, June 16th.

To Listen to Elizabeth Joyce, click onto the link:joyce

Born as one of two sets of identical twins, Elizabeth Joyce has been psychic since birth. Named one of the World’s Greatest Psychics (Citadel Press, 2004), she is a spiritual healer and gives personal psychic readings worldwide. Ms. Joyce is a professional Astrologer, Spiritual Counselor, Energy Healer, Medium, and Clairvoyant who interprets dreams and teaches the new energies of the Fifth Dimension. Her TV Appearances include Unsolved Mysteries, Beyond Chance, and The Psychic Detectives. Ms. Joyce’s books Psychic Attack -Are You A Victim, and Ascension—Accessing The Fifth Dimension, and The Ascension Workbook are available at Elizabeth facilitates her own healing classes, using the Divine Seals and Spiritual Chakras from her latest book-Ascension—Accessing The Fifth Dimension WORKBOOK, released Dec. 21, 2011. Elizabeth Joyce founded and heads the Bucks County Metaphysical Association, ( a non-profit organization to benefit the charities of Bucks County, PA.  Besides traveling extensively, Elizabeth is building a healing center and teaching Intuitive Awareness classes and Fifth- Dimension Spiritual Intensive workshops. She is located in Doylestown (Bucks County), PA. and Mahwah (Bergen County), New Jersey. Please check her website for rates and services.

To listen to  J.P. Dancing Bear, click onto the link:dancing bear

J. P. Dancing Bear lives near the Monterey Bay. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in over a thousand publications including Shenandoah, Mississippi Review, Natural Bridge, DIAGRAM, No Tell Motel, Third Coast, Copper Nickel, Cimarron Review, Poetry East, North American Review, Atlanta Review, Verse Daily, Poetry International, Marlboro Review, Hotel Amerika, Seattle Review, Permafrost, Puerto Del Sol, Controlled Burn, Cranky, Rattle, Americas Review, Slipstream and many others.

He is the author of several chapbooks, including What Language, winner of the 2002 Slipstream Prize. He is the author of five full-length poetry collections: Billy Last Crow (Turning Point, 2004); Conflicted Light (Salmon Poetry, 2008); Inner Cities of Gulls (Salmon Poetry, 2010) a PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award winner; Family of Marsupial Centaurs (and other birthday poems) due for release by Iris Press; and Fish Singing Foxes due for a release by Salmon Poetry. Dancing Bear’s poems have been nominated fourteen times for Pushcart Prizes, once for the Foreward Prize [UK], and four times nominated for Best of the Web awards. He is a three-time finalist for the Mississippi Review Prize, a finalist for the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America for his manuscript Gacela (now part of Fish Singing Foxes), and his manuscript, Lines Cast (now part of Fish Singing Foxes), was a finalist in the 2008 National Poetry Series.

He is the editor of The American Poetry Journal, owner of Dream Horse Press, publisher of the Orphic Prize and APJ Book Prize series, as well as the first animal rights poetry anthology And We The Creatures.

He is the host of “Out of Our Minds” a weekly radio show for public radio station KKUP featuring some of today’s best contemporary poets.

Bear works with Nicaraguan poet Blanca Castellon on translating of her poetry into English, the first will appear in Redactions, Marlboro Review, International Poetry Review, iconoclast, Pirene’s Fountain, Numéro Cinq and The Bitter Oleander. He has also worked with Mexican poet Oscar Wong to translate his work into English.

April 22, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, April 21, (8 PM) and April 22, 2012, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday, April 21st at 8 pm, and Sunday, April 22nd at 2 pm to hear host Kim McMillon will interview photojournalist Zach Roberts regarding Occupy Wall Street, and discuss healing with Seraphim Angels with Energy Healer, Alex Brandin.

To listen to Zach D. Roberts, click onto the link:occupy-1

Zach D. Roberts is a photo/video journalist who’s work has been seen in the Observer, The Guardian Online,, The Minnesota Independent and many more.

For the past 5 years he’s been working as a researcher/producer for Greg Palast he produced several DVD’s and news pieces for BBC Newsnight. Zach edited Palast and RFK Jr’s Steal Back Your Vote -which had nearly 100,000 downloads and print copies distributed throughout the country.

Zach has been detained in New Orleans by Exxon Mobil security, threatened with arrest over 3 dozen times and was finally arrested during the #D17 OWS Protests.

In 2010 he met Sarah Palin while working on his soon to be released first feature length documentary ‘The Rogue Candidate: Sarah Palin’s Real Alaska.’ While in Alaska he broke several stories on muckraking site

Currently he works regularly as a video producer for Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny’s CitizenRadio, writes for and is the NY Editor of

To listen to healer Alex Brandin, click onto this link:seraphin healer
Energy Healer, Alex Brandin will discuss Seraphim Healing, an ancient spiritual system which allows healers, and those interested in healing to access 11 cosmic energies that enhance your well-being and provide a unique evolutionary path towards Self-Realization. Beginners to experienced light workers may use this system to activate their own self-healing powers, or to accelerate their spiritual evolution, or energetically support others. Those utilizing this method have the ability to activate automatic programs “in the background,” while doing something else at the same time.
If you would like to meet Alex, and learn more about this method of healing, then join him at San Francisco’s New Living EXPO on Saturday, April 28th at 12:30 pm for his free introductory lecture.  For those interested in learning more about this exciting method of healing, Alex will be giving a free introductory Webinar on Tuesday, May 1st at 7 PM, PST.  This 60 minute introductory event will help you recharge your batteries as you experience a 15-minute group healing session, and find out the benefits of this ancient spiritual system.
 First used by Atlantean Priests, and rediscovered again by Ruth Rendely over 15 years ago, this method for furthering one’s self-unfolding has found many enthusiastic practitioners in America, Asia, Australia and in Europe.
For more information about Alex Brandin, and Seraphim healing, please, or email Alex at
March 25, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Sat., Feb. 25, 2012 (8pm), Sun. Feb 26, 2012, (2 PM), 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley, February 25 & 26 as host Kim McMillon interviews The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson,  Belly Dancer & Belly-Fusion of Merced Co-Founder Michelle Byus, and Life Coach and creator of the The Integrative Energetics Rebalancing System, Kumari Fabio.

To listen to Martha Alderson’s interview, click onto the link:plot whisper

Plot Whisperer & author of Blockbuster Plots Pure & Simple, Martha Alderson, helps writers create BlockBuster Plots often by helping Bust through their Blocks. On her second in a two part interview series, Martha will answer questions from our audience on how to develop a storyline, and plot.  The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master was released October 2011 by Adams Media and available now for pre-order. Martha Alderson’s clients include best-selling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors.

Blockbuster Plots started as an idea in 2003. Why weren’t there any great resources out there for writers who needed help with writing plot? What did it take to go from a story to a novel? From a computer screen to a movie? Blockbuster Plots, over time, has expanded to host plot workshops and one-on-one plot consultations and to offer a free monthly Plot Tips eZine. We hope you enjoy the site, and that it helps writers around the world. The plot tools developed by Blockbuster Plots, specifically the Plot Planner and the Scene Tracker, are used by best-selling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors. A great plot can turn your stories into reality.

To listen to the interview with Michelle Byus on the Bellydance Festival, click onto the link:belly dancer

Belly-Fusion Merced, co-directed by Michelle Byus, and Janet Hay, presents its first annual Belly Dance Festival, ‘The EYES Have IT!’, on April 21st at Merced’s American Legion Hall on Main Street. Belly dancers from the Central Valley and beyond perform live from 10am until 10pm. This beautiful art form combines styles from Middle Eastern, Folk, Tribal Fusion, ATS, Flamenco, Burlesque, Gothic, Cabaret, Pop ‘n Lock and Modern. Shop for belly dance clothing and accessories and enjoy food all day, with Happy Hour from 6pm to 9pm.Learn more about belly dancing with professional dancers and instructors Dana Johnson and Paige Lawrence at Belly-Fusion Merced’s workshops on April 22nd.Tickets are $10 at the door–$5 for children, students and seniors. Find pre-event discounts online at celebrate this centuries old art. April 21st at the American Legion Hall, 939 Main Street in downtown Merced. The Eyes Have It! Belly-Fusion Merced is on Facebook and at

To listen to the interview with Kumari Fabio, click onto the link:  life coach

Kumari Fabio has studied Yoga for 25 years. She received her BA in Holistic Health Education from San Francisco State University; is a graduate of Coaches Training Institute; a Certified Peer Counselor; a Certified Ropes Course facilitator; an ordained non-denominational Minister; a Reiki Master; and a Certified Hypnotherapist.  Ms. Fabio has authored a fable entitled “The Dog Who Licked Too Much” and “The Magical Purse,” a soon-to-be released children’s book.  She is an excellent motivational speaker and can be invited for consultations and workshops.

For more information, visit Pathways & Stepping Stones

February 13, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, Feb. 11(8 pm), Sunday, Feb 12 (2 pm), 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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On Saturday, and Sunday, February 11th & 12th, Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon will interview Tony Slaton, the director of the Boy & Girls Club of Merced County, and Loretta Spence, the head of BET, Business, Educational and Training; and Fairmead Community and Friends boardmembers Vickie Ortiz, and Barbara Nelson; and Merced ShakespeareFest Artistic Director Heike Hambley, and actor Jim Bennett discussing their upcoming production of “Merchant of Venice.”

To listen to Vicki Ortiz and Barbara Nelson discuss Fairmead’s Centennial, click onto the link:  fairmead

Vicki Ortiz and Barbara Nelson will discuss the upcoming Fairmead Centennial Festival on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Come on down to Fairmead for the community parade at 10:00 am, BBQ lunch, arts and crafts vendor booths and live entertainment. For more information, visit, or email

To listen to Heike Hambley and Jim Bennett discuss the production of “The Merchant of Venice,” click onto the link:  shakespear

Merced ShakespeareFest will present its third winter play, “The Merchant of Venice,” at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main Street in downtown Merced. It runs for two weekends, starting on Feb. 24 until March 4, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at MCAC; for reservations and questions call (209) 723-3265, for more information go on

To listen to Tony Slaton and Loretta Spence discuss the Boys & Girls Club, click onto the link:boys and girls
Tony Slaton and Loretta Spence  will discuss upcoming programs with the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County.The Boys and Girls Club of Merced County is a nonprofit agency providing outreach services and after school programs to Merced youth. Seeking different approaches to serve the needs of Merced area youth, B&GC utilizes a number of various resources, means and approaches. The Boys and Girls Club is in the process of developing a program designed to assist older youth in preparing to transition from youth into adulthood.
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 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.

December 29, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2011, 8 PM, 1480 KYOS AM

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Join Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon as she brings in the New Year with numerologist Sally Faubion discussing the 2012 election, and predictions for 2012.  Healer Kahu Kahealani Satchitananda will help bring in the New Year with a Hawaiian healing, and blessing.

To listen to numerologist Sally Faubion’s interview, click onto the link:numeroligist

Sally Faubion has been providing insight and guidance through numerology readings for 35 years. Her personal and group readings combine her unique intuition and expert knowledge of numerology with other metaphysical sciences. She has read thousands of people and never tires of helping individuals with her special gifts and knowledge.

Sally is the author of the well-received book, Motivational Numerology, and How Numbers Affect your Life, and has penned articles and columns for national magazines. She has created her own line of greeting cards, one of which is currently available on a wholesale basis. Other creations include calendars and software applications.

Sally is currently paving the way for additional products and books to be introduced in the near future.

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To listen to healer Kahealani, click onto the link:hawaii healer

Dr Kahu Kahealani Satchitananda is a Hawaiian Metaphysical Minister, Mentor, Ho’oponopono Practitioner, Respected Elder, Oneness Trainer, Author, and one of the pioneers of Holistic Dentistry. She is a woman of Purpose, Passion, Power, Prosperity and Inner Peace, committed 100% to the transformation, self-empowerment and upliftment of humanity and perpetuation of Hawaiian values in the spirit of aloha. She is founder of Hale Malamalama Ola Pono Hawaiian Holistic Healing Center on Big Island of Hawaii. and one of the founding members of Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles.

Check out Rev. Kahealani on Facebook.

Living Life in Paradise

Dr. Rev. Kahealani Kawaiolamanaloa Satchitananda

Hawaiian Kingdom, Hawaii

Life Is Sacred! Cherish It!

December 16, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, November 26, 2011, 8 PM, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into  Arts in the Valley on Saturday, November 26th as host Kim McMillon interviews Club Mercedes boardmember Les Contreras, Merced Shakespeare Festival founder/artistic director Heike Hambley, and  UC Merced Community Coordinator Geneva Skram.

To listen to Les Contreras discuss Club Mercedes, click onto this link:club mercedes-2

Les Contreras will discuss Club Mercedes upcoming holiday programming, and their Social, which happens the last Wednesday of the month.  There is a free dinner at 6:30 pm.  The next social is the last Wednesday in January.  Club Merced is located at the corner of 9th & “M” Street in Merced.

For more information, call 383-9906 or 769-9282.

Club Mercedes, 64 years of raising money, and giving back to the community

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To Listen to Heike Hambley discuss Merced Shakespearefest, click onto this link:Merced Shakespearefest

Heike Hambley will produce The Merchant of Venice this winter. Performances are Feb 24-March 4, 2012. Rehearsals will be in January and February. Heike loves Shakespeare and all his characters, the lovers, the fools, the witches, the witty servants, the warriors and the timeless poetry. She also lovesShakespeare festivals and Renaissance fairs and theatre and working with people to put on a finished production everybody can be proud of and have fun with.

Merced’s own Shakespeare festival was born out of these sentiments and helped by a successful production of “Twelfth Night” that she directed for Merced Center for the Performing Arts, now Playhouse Merced, in February 2002. Cast and crew had so much fun that at the cast party they decided to explore the possibility of bringing a Shakespeare festival to the whole community. Wonderful Shakespeare enthusiasts like Michael Egan, Julianne Aguilar, Carolyn Hart, and others brainstormed and discussed and worked hard. Three months later they had raised some money from generous friends, relatives and art lovers, got rehearsal space from the Playhouse, a non-profit umbrella from the Merced Arts Council and had rented the rarely used Merced Open Air Theatre in Applegate Park. This stage is a perfect Shakespearian space, wide open with pillars on both sides, a lot of sun and natural light for the performers, but green grass and shade trees for the audience.

They are incorporated as Merced Shakespearefest, Inc. and have their own non-profit status. The city of Merced is co-sponsoring their events and many individuals and businesses are contributing.  It pays to dream.

For more information about  Merced Shakespearefest, call Heike Hambley at (209) 723 3265 or visit

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To Listen to Geneva Skram discuss the Community Engagement program, click onto this link:uc merced conf-1

UC Merced Community Coordinator Geneva Skram will discuss the Community Engagement and Scholarship program, which took place on December 2nd at UC Merced.

University of California, Merced Chancellor’s Task Force on Community Engaged Scholarship hosted a conference on its campus in Merced focused on youth development in Merced County. The conference was intended to advance the agenda for the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative in Southwest Merced/East Merced County, which has as a primary goal to improve health outcomes for youth.

The aim of the conference was to inform our community about youth development and stimulate new ideas and efforts in Merced County. The conference  featured community engaged research and programs that are based on research evidence that advance youth development.

Geneva Skram was hired 5 months ago as UC Merced’s Community Coordinator within University Relations. Through the Chancellor’s Task Force on Community Engaged Scholarship she is responsible for promoting, supporting, and highlighting Community Engaged Scholarship on-campus and in the community through workshops for community members and UC Merced faculty, students, and staff, database building, organizing an upcoming conference, among other activities. Currently, the Task Force’s work is being funded by The California Endowment’s, Building Healthy Communities initiative which is a 10 year, $10 million goal of radically improving the health in 14 California communities one of which includes Southwest Merced/East Merced County. Geneva and the Task Force are working hard to strengthen collaborations between faculty, staff, and students at UC Merced and community members with a focus on building a body of knowledge about community health issues and factors that influence health equity in Merced County.

For more information visit or contact Geneva Skram, UC Merced Community Coordinator, at

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