LAKE COUNTY SUMMER OF PEACE -- Visit the official website here: www.lakecountysummerofpeace.com
June 22 – September 21, 2012
In cooperation with the Global Summer of Peace Celebrated on all Continents and Culminating in the International Day of Peace on 9-21-12
For further information, contact: 707-262-0400 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lake County Summer of Peace invites you and your organization to join in the planning and execution of a unique and historic event in Lake County throughout the summer of 2012. Planning starts now. Joining other regions, countries, states and cities around the world, we have an opportunity to consciously and positively move with the shift that we all feel in human consciousness and become proactive in the overall social healing of our community toward an even more divine place to live and work. Your participation in the new sense of unity, freedom, independence and personal responsibility for our well being that has taken hold in various parts of the world, will be the driving force for change in our own hearts, homes and towns around the lake, our new economic vision now developing, and our ways of creating our Lake County future. We are the change.
One great vision of Lake County, for example, has been to develop ourselves as a cultural colony around our beautiful mountain lake, with bistros and little places for musicians and artists and the public to meet and talk and enjoy the music. Lake County has attracted an unusual number of fine musicians and artists to the area, who are already setting the tone for this kind of environment, delicious for ourselves and for guests and tourists who want to see and enjoy the new wine country.
Talent and interest in stage and radio have grown exponentially in the past few years, and KPFZ, the Soper-Reese, the Weaver Theatre, the Fairgrounds Little Theatre, the Tallman Hotel and the Lake County Arts Council have provided important gathering places for expanding audiences among new and old residents of the area. From small, intimate plays to huge musical productions on our stages, opportunities have abounded for the development of native talent discovered in adults and our youngest actors and directors.
Interest in health and expansion of the human spirit and well being are evident everywhere, as demonstrated by the more than 300 non-profit organizations in the county and a growing number of exercise and health groups, including Quail Run and the Sutter Wellness program. The Lake County Co-op and food/farm groups are changing our habits about diet, foods and organic gardening. Other technology has not forgotten our remote county; we are in the forefront of developing ideas and new ways to reach economic and human capacities for communication, music, news dissemination and health outlets. Several major senior centers and organizations to meet the needs of ethnic groups abound, along with three casinos. Our Hispanic population is growing. We have an obligation for further inclusion of our Native Americans and African American residents. We now have a popular online newspaper, Lake County News, adding to our traditional print source, the Lake County Record Bee. We have a superb symphony orchestra and many vocal groups and individuals, including operatic and popular singing groups. Musicians and small and large bands abound. Vineyards and wineries are replacing some of the pear and walnut homesteads of the county. Our entire county is changing! For all our charm and history, we are a new entity, culturally, psychologically and economically!
But, we ain’t seen nuthin yet! Who and what we are as a community may look ancient in five years. Our world is changing so rapidly that we now have an opportunity to become active social healers and are called to action to take part in the transition during our lifetimes. Culturally, psychologically, politically, socially, physically, we are called to participate in the deep changes within and around us. While we are changing beyond our power to control, we also are at a crossroads to shape and create ourselves, our towns and the county we love so much, opening our doors to new low impact industry.
Lake County Summer of Peace offers countless opportunities for you to communicate your vision of the county and how you would like to influence that change. This is an opportunity for individuals and communities to exercise their true right to “We the People”…demonstrating our choice, will, commitment and common determination to create a peaceful, caring, mindful community that is fun, healthy, positive and economically beneficial to all
The transition will take place at the initiative of individuals and organizations throughout the County that want to create change toward inner and outer tranquility, openness, tolerance, humor, inclusion, cooperation, givingness and forgiveness, harmony, creativity, mentoring, compassion, tolerance, reduction of family and other violence and bullying, the general prosperity of the area and any other change you wish to manifest.
For the Lake County Summer of Peace, through radio, television, film, video, live stage and online programs, you can create and develop workshops, lectures, plays, concerts, and video programs on health, communications, relationships, area development, exercise, music, children’s art, adult art, sculpture, cross-culture programs, native dancing, drumming, singing, education about health and relationships, and through joining the planning and execution of the summer of peace here and abroad. Even your business can take part in demonstrating your dedication to peace and its qualities through your products and services. Lake County can also link with another city, town or region abroad to share ideas and programs in the Summer of Peace.
We have just booked our first event of the summer: The first registration for the Lake County Summer of Peace is “Peace Dances in the Park”, native dancing to the poetry of Thich Nhat Hanh, led by Barbara Christwitz, a teacher at Yuba College and a Founding Member of the Lake County Coop. Two separate events will take place: (1) Clearlake Austin Park, Saturday, September 14, 2012 4-5:30 pm. Lakeport Library Park, Sunday, September 15, 2012 in Museum Park, 4-5:30 pm. Drumming will follow both events. Bring your drums and rhythm instruments.
Welcome to the Lake County Summer of Peace. We are in the process of contacting officials at the Board of Supervisors, the City Councils of Lakeport and Clearlake and other organizations. We are all in this together, and welcome your ideas and participation. There will be no cost for services for this program, as each organization budgets and underwrites its own programs and make its own agree-ments, according to its own needs and resources. Please let us know how you would like to interface so that coordination can help avoid event conflict and overlap, and the programs are publicized through the entertainment news media, Chambers of Commerce and other benefiting groups.
Here’s to Lake County and our Summer of Peace 2012!
Taira St. John – 262-0400