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Heard about the Empowering Our Region Through Mentoring and Leadership conference and want to learn more?

Tune in to WKOK 1070 AM tomorrow morning — Oct. 2 — at 7:10 and 7:40 a.m. to hear Kathy Scullin, CIO, Geisinger, and Dan Rockwell, conference keynote speaker, give compelling reasons why you need to attend the conference.

And you can learn even more, and register for the conference, at EmpoweringOurRegion.com.

Today is the Day

Please come out to the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg today, starting at 6 p.m., for the Silent Auction and premiere of the documentary, “Mike Baker: Love, Friendship and Community.”

When the doors open at 6 p.m., you’ll be able to bid on items from area businesses and artisans:

Weis Center for the Performing Arts – 4 tickets to Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Allen Toussaint on October 17

Campus Theatre – “Take One” Membership

Elizabeth’s An American Bistro- Dinner for 2

Bradley Shoemaker- Limited Edition “Going Home” Print
Framing by Open Door Gallery

Fetch and Play – Large Dog Bed

Gloria Phillips Massage Therapy: One-Hour Massage

Isle of Que Adventures- Gift Certificate

Bull Run Tap House – Growler and Gift Certificate

Mercantile – Vera Bradley Purse

Rebecca Mohr Jewelry – Beryllium Sterling Silver Bracelet

Susquehanna Life Magazine – 1/3 page color ad

Wolf’s Jewelry- Bulova Lewisburg Clock

Natural Food and Garden Store- Gift Certificate

West Milton State Bank- Commemorative Pottery Crock

The Baker family- 2 Tickets for a Penn State Home Game

Greak’s School of TaeKwon-Do – Gift Certificate

Susquehanna Life Magazine – 2-year subscription + mug

Karen Meyer – 2 medium-size Gold Canyon Candles

Karen Meyer – Gold Canyon Gift Certificate

Erica Shames – Native American Photograph on Canvas

Susquehanna Life Magazine – Davy Jones Cover on Canvas

Michele Wert, Holistic Therapist – Gift Certificate

The movie and silent auction are the first fundraisers for the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, overseen by the First Community Foundation Partnership. When fully funded at $25,000, the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund will award $1000 a year to area families coping with catastrophic illness or circumstance.

The movie is sponsored by Susquehanna Life magazine and created by filmmaker Caroline Pogust. Light refreshments will be served and a short Q&A with filmmaker Pogust will take place after the movie.

Questions can be answered by calling: 800-232-1670. Thank-you.

Come Out, Bid, Support Your Neighbors

The documentary film, “Mike Baker: Love, Community and Friendship,” and a Silent Auction at The Campus Theatre, Lewisburg, on July 15, starting at 6 p.m., will be the first fundraiser for the newly established Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, a fund that both memorializes Baker and provides money to area families coping with catastrophic illness or events.

The documentary film, sponsored by Susquehanna Life magazine and created by filmmaker Caroline Pogust, is designed to illustrate the positive impact Lewisburg chiropractor Mike Baker had on the region, and how the people in the communities he served came together to support him and his family when he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in January 2014. Baker passed away two months later.

Funds collected at the July 15 movie premiere and accompanying Silent Auction will be used to support the work of the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, administered by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Williamsport. When fully endowed at $25,000, the fund will award $1000 a year to area families.

“The idea for the documentary came from witnessing the overwhelming support shown to Mike Baker and his family when he was diagnosed with cancer,” said Erica Shames, founder and publisher of Susquehanna Life magazine and creator of the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund. “Creating the fund to honor Mike’s generous spirit, and designating the film’s premiere and Silent Auction as the first fundraiser for the fund, were obvious first steps.”

Those appearing in the documentary film include musicians who played at the Concert for Mike Baker in January 2013, friends who have known Mike since childhood, Sue Baker, as well as friends, patients, and people in the community who were instrumental in supporting the Baker family during Michael’s health emergency.

“Caroline has put together a touching film that tells the story of the remarkable person Mike Baker was through the people who knew him best, and how his generosity came back to him full circle during his time of need,” said Shames. “The film is a testament to the ‘pay it forward’ ideal, and the power of an individual to positively impact a community.”

When the doors open at 6 p.m. for the Silent Auction, attendees will be able to bid on items donated by area businesses. Items include: gift certificates from Elizabeth’s An American Bistro, Isle of Que Adventures, Trey Casimir Acupuncture and Exercise, Lewisburg Hotel, Fetch and Play, Natural Food and Garden Store, Gloria Phillips Therapeutic Massage and Dan Greak’s School of TaeKwon-Do; jewelry from Rebecca Mohr Jewelry; a “Take One” membership to The Campus Theatre; a Bulova Lewisburg clock from Wolf’s Jewelry; a 1/3 page color ad in Susquehanna Life magazine; tickets to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, a Bradley Shoemaker Limited Edition “Going Home” print framed by Open Door Gallery, and tickets to a Penn State Home Game. Dwellings will donate 10 percent of its July 15 sales to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Silent Auction; the film will start at 7 p.m. After the film, there will be a short Q&A with filmmaker Caroline Pogust.

Admission is free, and donations to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund will be accepted at the door. Contributions to the fund, which are tax deductible, also can be made out to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund and sent to the First Community Foundation Partnership, 330 Pine Street, Suite 400, Williamsport, PA 17701. More information is at (570) 522-0149. ###

The “Dead” of Winter?

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Last night, the temperature was 18 degrees, minus the wind chill — a clear indication we are in the throes of what can be called the “dead” of winter. But inside, The Campus Theatre in Lewisburg bathed us in warmth, and people were very much alive, thanks to the joyous music of Romano Drum, of Hungary.

The theatre was filled to capacity with people of all ages, from very young children to senior citizens, and most were clapping, dancing or running around to the spirited rhythms of Romano Drom’s Gypsy music! Many had gathered before the concert to partake of the free dance class, led by Stephen Kotansky, and their enthusiasm was palpable as the rest of us entered the theatre.

Romano Drom is one of the most prominent representatives of the contemporary Gypsy culture in Hungary. The band, whose name literally means “Gypsy’s road,” plays in original Olah Gypsy language with modern musical scoring.
Whether or not you’re familiar with Gypsy music, know this: the ensemble’s renditions are electrifying. They uniquely fuse their own centuries-old musical culture with Catalan rumba, Arabic, Balkan and even pop rhythms to emerge with a style all their own!

They utilize guitar, bass, and an eclectic array of percussion instruments that range from Bongo-like drums to the traditional pot and spoon to achieve a captivating sound. It was inspiring to witness the artistry of people who play their instruments with a speed, alacrity and skill that is nothing short of amazing.

For an hour and a half, and a couple of encores, they held us spellbound with their music and the joy with which they played and shared it — egging us on with arm gestures to get up and dance, or at least clap, to the music. But it wasn’t long into the performance before the band had us laughing with their infectiously positive spirit.

The music was inspirational for other reasons —

It reminds us how lucky we are to live in and around the Lewisburg community, whose proximity to Bucknell University offers us urban-caliber experiences we’d otherwise have to drive three hours away to access.

It reminds us how lucky we are that Bucknell University spared no expense in renovating The Campus Theatre into a beautiful, acoustically sound venue that allows us to enjoy in comfort everything from movies, talks and seminars to live entertainment.

And it reminds us how lucky we are that The Weis Center has blossomed under the direction of executive director Kathryn Maguet, community outreach and marketing director Lisa Leighton, assistant director of operations Johanna Kodlick (whose yoga classes in the Weis Center lobby are amazing – more on that later) and the rest of their staff.

It’s not an exaggeration to say the performing arts center has experienced a rebirth of originality and inspiration in the variety and caliber of music and entertainment experiences they bring to us.
The concert at The Campus Theatre last night was just one more reminder how fortunate we are to call this region home.
I clapped and laughed all the way home, the spirit of Romano Drom still with me. The concert was just what I needed, after a two-day migraine, to remind me that life is wonderful, that this “dead” of winter, too, shall pass, and I have so much to be grateful for. What are you grateful for?