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Auburn welcomes Greg Mortenson, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, on March 3, 2010

Greg Mortenson is traveling to Auburn to host a student dinner, public lecture, slideshow and book signing for Auburn Education Foundation’s (A.E.F.) Inspirational Speaker Series. Mortenson is a humanitarian, international peacemaker, former mountaineer, co-founder of the non-profit Central Asia Institute, founder of the non-profit Pennies for Peace and New York Times bestselling author.

His book, Three Cups of Tea has sold more than three million copies, been published in 34 countries, used in more than 90 colleges and universities, and used in more than 400 high/junior high schools as a common reading experience. The book is mandatory reading for all senior U.S. military commanders, military officers in counter-insurgency training, and U.S. Special Forces deploying to Afghanistan. It is also used for training at the Norwegian war college.

The book’s phenomenal success led it to be adapted into a young readers’ version (Puffin 2009) and a children’s picture book, Listen to the Wind (Dial 2009), both of which were instant New York Times no. 1 bestsellers. Mortenson’s newest book, Stones into Schools (Viking), which continues where the Three Cups of Tea story left off in 2003, was released in December 2009.

After a failed attempt to climb K2, the world’s second highest peak, and while recovering in a local village, Mortenson met a group of children writing with sticks in the sand, and made a promise to help them build a school. From that rash promise grew a remarkable humanitarian campaign in which Mortenson has dedicated his life to promoting education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mortenson has established more than 90 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. These schools, which provide an education to more than 38,000 children, including 27,000 girls, are where few educational opportunities existed before.

Mortenson is a living hero in rural communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and has gained the trust of Islamic leaders, military commanders, government officials, and tribal chiefs for his tireless effort to champion education. He is one of just a few foreigners who have worked extensively in places other travelers have never been.

NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw has called Mortenson, “…one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, who is really changing the world.” Congresswoman Mary Bono has said, “I’ve learned more from Greg Mortenson about the causes of terrorism than I did during all our briefings on Capitol Hill. He is a true hero, whose courage and compassion exemplify the ideals of the American spirit.”

Greg advocates that girls’ education should be a top priority to promote economic development, foster peace and prosperity. He says, “You can drop bombs, build roads, or put in electricity, but until the girls are educated a society won’t change.”

When he is not overseas, Mortenson lives in Montana with his wife, Dr. Tara Bishop, a clinical psychologist and their two children.

Auburn Education Foundation’s mission is to provide innovative programs that enhance the quality of education through extended learning opportunities within the Auburn Enlarged City School District. “Peace through Education” is the second lecture in a two-part series. Distinguished Auburn Alumnae, and successful Russian investment banker Robert Foresman, was their first speaker in November 2009.

Mortensen’s lecture tickets were $35, start time is 7:30PM, with seating booked for 1,000 at Auburn High School auditorium. People are coming from as far away as California to see him. Since the event has sold out, the Foundation has made arrangements to use East Middle School’s auditorium to simulcast the lecture. Tickets for that venue are $10.

Abdelaziz shared, “Mortenson’s appearance in Auburn was posted on his website months ago. Since then I have received about a dozen calls and e-mails per week asking for tickets. Three people from other cities, who are pursuing him as a speaker, have asked how we got so lucky to bring him here. Mortenson receives over 800 speaking requests per year and accepts about 100. Most of his engagements are in major metropolitan areas and universities. He routinely sells out stadiums of 5,000+ seats. We are incredibly fortunate to have a speaker of this magnitude coming here.”

In anticipation of Mortenson’s visit, AEF wanted more of Auburn’s students and teachers to know his story. They partnered with the Columbian Foundation to purchase 380 books that were divided among Auburn’s 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and Auburn High School. AEF also purchased extra copies for teachers to read and share with others.

Auburn Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2004. Their mission is to provide support for academic enrichment programs in Auburn public schools, K-12. They operate independently from the school district, yet have a very cooperative relationship.

Tickets may be purchased through the Auburn Education Foundation website www.auburnedfoundation.org. They are also available through the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and Creekside Bookstore in Skaneateles.

For questions, please contact Executive Director, Annette Abdelaziz at (315) 255-8827 or by e-mail: Annette_abdelaziz@auburn.cnyric.org.

Posted: Monday, February 1st, 2010 @ 8:08 pm by Curt
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine: Women’s Health at the Skaneateles Library

49 E. Genesee St.Skaneateles,NY 13152

7:00 PM.

Stephanie Chow will present a discussion of over the counter
supplements that now use Chinese herbs, and learn about the life
cycles of the woman’s body, mind & spirit according to traditional
Chinese medicine. (315) 685-5135.

Posted: Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 @ 9:50 pm by Curt
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Downtown Auburn BID’s 23rd Annual Holiday Parade and Family Fun Day

Saturday, November 28th is the date of the 23rd Annual Holiday Parade and Family Fun Day sponsored by the Downtown Auburn BID (Business Improvement District). At 3PM the Exchange St. Mall, Genesee Mall, and ground level of the Parking Garage area will become the center of FREE family activities before the Holiday Parade at 6PM.

Join in for free horse drawn wagon rides with the Minturn family who will be providing three wagons this year in an attempt to get more people on this very popular ride around the city block. Once again the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting their Child Photo ID Program which is free. If you have a child who has not been entered into the program, or need an updated photo come inside the Genesee Mall for this very important community service.

Lively music will be provided by DJ Jane Stebbins on the Exchange St. Mall, and holiday music will be performed inside the Genesee Mall by the Cayuga Chords from St. Mary’s Church. Girl Scout Troop 1125 will once again give away their delicious homemade cookies as well as have their official Girl Scout cookies for sale. The Red Cross will give away hot chocolate to go with the homemade cookies.

Children’s activities such as ‘Go Fish,’ ornament making and coloring will be available. The Auburn Fire Department will host their Community Bonfire on South St. across from City Hall, and the Auburn Civic Band will play pre-parade music on Exchange Street.

Auburn Public Theater will host their Thanksgiving play featuring local child actors at 2PM and 4PM, with a small ticket fee for these performances. There will be raffles, coupons and much more. Daut’s will offer free chili samples at their restaurant on the East Hill between 5:30 – 6:30PM.

At 5:30PM claim your best spot to view the Holiday Parade. The Syracuse Highland Pipe Band will once again bring their glorious music to Auburn, with lighted instruments and two special songs created just for this parade. Several new entries into the parade will be competing with the loyal participants for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

Santa will be the grand finale, and after the tree lighting ceremony by Mayor Quill, Santa will be in the Genesee Mall to visit with every child, so bring your camera. If you would like to participate in the parade with a float, marching, or with music, everyone is welcome and it is free. Just contact the BID office at 315-252-7874 or e-mail ctallcot@auburndowntown.org. Floats must have a holiday theme and can be flashy and fun or simple and sweet. Come, be part of the day and enjoy the community fun.

Posted: Monday, November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:48 pm by Curt
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1 Hoffman St.
Auburn, NY 13021
P: 315.704.0319
F: 315.704.0160

‘SPIRIT HANDS’ ART OPENING – On Sunday, Nov 1, 2009 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, the public is welcome to attend the opening reception for an exhibit featuring works by local artist Diane DelPiano. This exhibit, on display at The Center (1 Hoffman St., Corner of Genesee, Auburn) during the month of November, will include multimedia paintings, drawings, collages, weavings and quilts. For more info, visit www.TheCenter4Wellness.com or call 315.704.0319.

Posted: Friday, October 30th, 2009 @ 10:06 am by Curt
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Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at 8:00pm

featuring Rick DellaRatta

A benefit to raise funds for the Cayuga County Chapter of the American Red Cross

Rick DellaRatta is now considered by many to be one of the finest Singer/Pianists performing today and one of only a handful of Jazz Artists who can make a successful musical presentation to a large audience without having to abandon the true art form of Jazz. Through his life long endeavor to help advance people to their highest potential through the understanding of Jazz as well as spreading peace worldwide through his “Jazz for Peace World Tour”, Rick DellaRatta is considered to be an innovator and a visionary.

Jazz for Peace was founded by DellaRatta to help advance people to their highest potential through the understanding of jazz. He brings together multi-cultural musicians to spread the message of peace. Upstate New York is fortunate to welcome this globe- hopping musical ensemble.

The Jazz for Peace concert which begins at 8:00pm and is preceded by a cocktail party at 6pm is sponsored by Mack Studios. Tickets for both the cocktail party and concert are $60 per person. Contact the CCARC at 315 / 252 – 9596 or chapter@ccredcross.org for more information about Give Peace a Chance weekend.



Posted: Friday, October 30th, 2009 @ 9:06 am by Curt
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