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Program
Category
Description
Fee
M, M Yoga & Meditation Program Health & Fitness- Sports,
Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other
Yoga is a superb form of physical exercise balancing strength, flexibility, endurance and relaxation/stress management skills. Many postures are designed to stretch, tone and strengthen particular parts of the body, and students are encouraged to respect their own particular strengths and weaknesses while exercising. The ancient healing arts of yoga and meditation can help people to bring more balance into all aspects of their lives and thus, to experience radiant health and well-being. This program may be offered to students once or on an on-going basis.
$101- $200
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Take Flight! Life Skills- Other,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn how to fold your own world-class paper airplanes! We supply the preprinted paper. We explain what keeps airplanes in the air and the science of flight with visual aids. Demonstration of different types of flying objects such as airplanes and balloons. Target age is 7 to teen; younger children may participate with parental help and guidance.
Up to $100
Carpenter, Margot "The Heart Knows Better": Changing Prejudice to Kindness Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Learn where racism begins and how it can end, during a film and talk presentation by award winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. View 3 short films by Mr. Kimmelman, the Emmy Award winning public service film "The Heart Knows Better"; "Brushstrokes," an anti-prejudice film commissioned by the UN; and "What Does a Person Deserve?" a celebrated film against homelessness and hunger. The films are part of an interactive presentation about how the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, founded by American educator Eli Siegel, can change prejudice to kindness. His statement is the basis for "The Heart Knows Better": "It will be found that black and white man have the same goodnesses, the same temptations, and can be criticized in the same way. The skin may be different, but the aorta is quite the same."
$101- $200
Cremean, Nels Ross ''Possibilities'' Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Based on the principle that every person has value and potential, this fun and inspirational performance focuses on character education. It addresses excellence, respect, responsibility, and life choices. Bullying can be the primary focus upon request. (K-12) Nels Ross’ uplifting programs promote character, wellness, learning, and joy through a unique blend of physical theater, variety arts, and humor. See InJest.com > More > School Programs for the latest info.
$501- $1000
Theater, Open Hand The Chocolate War Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Open Hand Theater’s vibrant puppets of all shapes and sizes, some over 12 feet tall, are taking on the issue of bullying and escalating conflict in a colorful and delightful imaginary land inhabited by juggling dwarfs, stretchy bouncing giants, friendly flowers and other wise musical beings. Springer and Sprong, two seemingly inseparable pals, tumble into a series haphazard events that could lead to a catastrophic quarrel. Will the entire town follow them into battle? … or will a small stream of harmony bring them all back together again?
$501- $1000
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom FUNNY SONGS AND STORIES WITH FARMER TOM WALSH Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Farmer Tom Walsh creates A CELEBRATION OF READING! STICKER GIVE-A-WAY DURING THE PROGRAM! FARMER TOM has brought reading excitement to student with assemblies for schools, PARP and libraries for over 25 years! Within his unique and engaging program, involving Action and Silly Songs, Storytelling, Movement, Laughter, Learning, Sing-a-long, Props, Audience Participation and Hand Clapping, Farmer Tom Walsh inspires the students to pick up a book or use the internet(with guidance) and see how enriching, educating and entertaining reading can be! Farmer Tom Walsh educates by bringing a understanding of farm culture, safety, farm animals, history of farming, the first green industry, recycling, science, nutritional value of fresh vegetables, cooperation, working together and the fun of physical activities through music and songs from down on the farm. We really get moving!
$351- $500
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Wingspan: Building Creative Confidence and Courage Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Other
(Women & Wingspan: same workshop with female-only participants) To be human is to be creative. Even so, many of us have trouble connecting to, nurturing and prioritizing our creativity. In this engaging, interactive, values-centered workshop, participants will learn strategies to connect to their internal compass and harness their innate wisdom, patience and tolerance for taking creative risks. Through individual writing and reflection, individual and group exercises, live and recorded music, and group discussion, we will cover: debunking the myths of process and perfection; sources of inspiration; embracing fear and the vulnerability of creative connection; letting comparison be inspiring instead of toxic; identifying and overcoming stumbling blocks; letting go of achievement-driven art and embracing intrinsic, soulful expression regardless of outcome; connecting one’s art to purpose; and allowing one’s unique perspective and voice to shine. No matter from which creative arena – painting, drawing, pottery, poetry, photography, music and beyond – each participant will have protected time and space to re-discover and re-commit to expressing their creative core.
$351- $500
Feurstein, Michael DON'T WAIT® to UnMake A Bully Life Skills- Other,
Media- Video,
Other
On Day 1 we meet and discuss topics like bullying, character, integrity, cyber safety, kindness, upstanding citizenry and the like. Then we learn how to make a movie in a crash course. Day 2 the students write their script in a guided exercise completely driven by their ideas. The successive days of the program sees the single group, or the three groups consecutively per day, producing their PSA or short movie and performing all the roles (directing, camera, doc camera, lighting and grip, set design/wardrobe and continuity, sound, slate, assistant directing and acting).
$3001+
Riley, Benjamin From Homeschooling To College: One Young Man's Story Life Skills- Parenting,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this program, I will discuss my transition from being homeschooled from kindergarten to 12th grade to the more formal learning environment of college, as well as discussing my experience as a homeschooler, why I chose to attend college, benefits and downsides of college for homeschoolers, what I think homeschoolers should consider when making decisions regarding whether or not to attend college and choosing which colleges are a good fit, as well as why I believe that it is important for homeschoolers and people who have pursued alternatives to traditional education to share their story.
$101- $200
McEntee, Robert Miracles of the Mind! Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Miracles of The Mind! is a wonderful mind-reading & illusion show, which can be as entertaining or as educational as desired. Along with the mentalism effects, it includes a customized combination of mesmerizing magic/illusions, plenty of audience participation hypnosis, clean comedy, an incredible memory feat and a spellbinding story! Practical advice and techniques are shared with the audience on improving one's memory, reading speed, visualizing positive results, intuition and more. If many Seniors attend, I emphasize memory skills which they appreciate. You can see a video sample of Miracles of the Mind! from recent, local library presentations www.MagicBeyondImagination.com/video.html 2nd video down. You can also see what discriminating Corporate event Planners have said on this site. The educational messages I include, concerning improving one's mind power for reading, memory, learning skills, imagination and visualizing positive results, are the exact same ones I used to become a licensed Professional Engineer years ago before becoming a full time performer. Your library also benefits from my lifelong study of personal development which you can read about on my blog, www.BeliefMagic.com. Your patrons will thank you for bringing them this program, and typically ask for it to be booked again!
$351- $500
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