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Rev. Carol E. Parrish to speak on humanity’s spiritual evolution
MINNEAPOLIS – Spirit United Church will host a weekend of lecture, workshop andSunday service with internationally acclaimed speaker and author Rev. Carol E. Parrish-Harra,Ph.D., founder and dean of Sancta Sophia Seminary, and founder of the intentionalcommunity of Sparrow Hawk Village in Tahlequah, Okla. The theme of the weekend isentitled "The Path of Light for One and All."

Friday, June 9, 7 p.m. lecture: "Initiations and the Evolution of the HumanGroup Mind." Fee: $15 at the door.
Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop: "The Path of Light." Fee:$80. Call to register.
Sunday, June 11, 10:30 a.m. Sunday service: "Fully Human, Fully Divine."

The weekend provides an opportunity to explore steps toward spiritual expansion,both as individuals and as the collective. Participants will review the Divine Planas it demonstrates through major human races and ages, including Lemurian, Atlantean,Piscean and Aquarian. This study is significant to understanding the greater pictureof the human journey.

For more details, call (612) 378-3602 or e-mail contact@spiritunited.com.

Spiritual healing sessions
MINNEAPOLIS – Verna V. Aridon Yater, Ph.D., an internationally renowned healer andtrance channel based in Colorado Springs, Colo., will bring The Spirit Doctor Teamto Minneapolis. "An Evening of Healing with the Spirit Doctor Team" willbe at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 15.

Yater describes the Spirit Doctor Team as "magnificent healers who were physiciansand healers while on the earth plane and undertook advanced study in Spiritto help us in physical bodies." She said they work on the physical, emotionaland spiritual levels and have cured emphysema, corrected teeth, helped fibromyalgia,cleared sinuses and have helped in many more ways.

The cost is $65. Early bird discount $55 if paid by June 2. Private trance-channeledsessions will be available on June 15-16. For further information and registration,call (612) 827-5352 or toll-free 1 (888) 917-9643.

Animation, music and film festival
SQUARE LAKE BEACH, Minn. – For its fifth anniversary celebration, the 2006 SquareLake Solstice Film & Music Festival will feature a film score performance bythe band Low to the famous Pare Lorentz film The Plow That Broke the Plains.In addition, some of the best of Minnesota animation and short film will also bescreened throughout the day and into the night, between live sets from Happy Apple,The Deaths, Wild Indigo Reed Trio, Duplomacy, The Field, The Dad In Common and Deathto our Enemies.
The festival opens at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, and runs through 1 a.m.

The festival is held each year on a 14-acre hobby farm near Square Lake beach,eight miles north of Stillwater and only 40 minutes from the Twin Cities. Bands performon an outdoor stage underneath a parachute canopy with professional lighting andsound. Films are shown inside a rustic barn during the day and after dark next tothe outdoor stage on a movie theater-sized screen. The focal point of the eveningis the debut of a locally composed film score performance by Low, and then performa headlining set.
The Square Lake Solstice Festival celebrates the music, animation and short filmof the Twin Cities. For more information, visit www.solsticefestival.org.

Photographer to share images, experiences
ST. PAUL – Layne Kennedy, a Minneapolis-based editorial magazine photographer, willpresent images from assignments in Iceland, Greenland, The Lewis & Clark Trail(Upper Missouri River), the Amazon River and others during a book talk, from 6:30-9:30p.m. Monday, June 19, at the IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts, 2446 UniversityAve. W., in St. Paul. The event is free and open to the public.

Kennedy also will show images from a recent book created closer to home, Jewelson the Water – Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands. His work appears in hundredsof magazines. He contributes regularly to The Smithsonian, Newsweek, Forbes, NationalGeographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure and Sports Illustrated.His most recent book, Minnesota-Now & Then, hits the bookshelves thisfall. Kennedy founded the Superior/Gunflint Photography Workshops, which offer severaladventure-related photography workshops, such as a dogsledding experience out ofEly, Minn., and a Lake Superior kayaking session in the Apostle Islands, Wisc. Healso runs non-adventure-related sessions at the North House Folk School in GrandMarais, Minn.

Katha Dance Theatre presents "Black Candle"
MINNEAPOLIS – Katha Dance Theatre, an organization devoted to creating innovativeperformances of classical Indian Kathak dance, and the Ritz Theater Foundation willdeliver a tribute to women of today’s Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan to theTwin Cities. Based on the award-winning poetry of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, "BlackCandle" will honor the lives of today’s South Asian women through the elegantmedium of Kathak dance.

The concert will shed light on controversial topics such as gender discrimination,child marriage and the living goddess, while celebrating the strength and beautySouth Asians continue to exemplify throughout the world. "Black Candle,"sponsored by the Minnesota Women’s Press, will run from June 22-25, at the newlyrestored Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. 
For more information, call (763) 533-0756 or visit www.kathadance.org

Past Lives, Dreams and Soul Travel Fair
CHANHASSEN, Minn. – The Temple of ECK offers a free Past Lives, Dreams, and SoulTravel Fair, complete with workshops, fun activities, music, and refreshments, from1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at 7450 Powers Blvd., in Chanhassen. The event ispresented by Eckankar, which teaches simple spiritual exercises to experience theLight and Sound of God. Its teachings emphasize the value of personal experiencesas the most natural way to be with God.

Do you have a question about something in your life? Or do you wonder what yourdreams are about? Come to the fair, and you may get an answer in one of 12 exciting40-minute workshops. Attendees will get firsthand experiences with remembering pastlives, understanding their dreams, and learning Soul Travel techniques. Enjoy upliftingpiano music while creating a dream collage. Or have a cup of tea, and view beautifulartwork inspired by dream experiences.

The Temple of Eck is located one-third mile north of MN Highway 5 on Highway 17.Call to pre-register at (952) 380-2200 and receive a free book. For more information,visit www.eckankar.org

Calligraphy, beadwork on exhibit
EDINA, Minn. – The following exhibits and events are coming to Edina Art Center:

  • The public is invited to Edina Art Center’s open house on July 4. Bring the familyto see the Student Show, tour the Art Center facilities and stay to watch the fireworksin Rosland Park. The open house is from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • "New Orleans in Edina: a Transplanted Native’s Work in Beads," featuringjewelry created by Kim Gernsbacher Swiler, will open with an artist’s reception from5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, continuing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 7, andfrom 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. A portion of the proceeds will go to ARTDOCS(Artists Receiving Treatment, Doctors Offering Crucial Services and Tipitina’s Foundation,which helps artists recover from Hurricane Katrina and preserve the cultural traditionsof New Orleans.
  • "Words of Wisdom: Words that Guide," featuring calligraphy createdby Colleagues of Calligraphy, opening with an artist’s reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday,July 13, and continuing through August 22.
  • For more information, visit www.EdinaArtCenter.com or call (612) 915-6600. Normalgallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3:30p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Moondance Jam to rock Minnesota for 15th year
WALKER, Minn. – Moondance Jam will kick off its 15th annual classic rock festivalJuly 12-15 in the Leech Lake/Chippewa National Forest Area near Walker, Minn. Sixteennational classic rock bands will be on the main stage and about 25 regional bandswill appear in the Moondance Saloon and on the Mardi Gras Stage during the festival.

Concerts will be presented by Steve Miller Band, Dennis DeYoung: The Music ofStyx, The Guess Who, Little River Band, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Santana’s GreggRolie, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Mountain Ash, The Bangles, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,Outlaws, Heart, Doobie Brothers, John Kay & Steppenwolf, and many others.

Moondance Jam is Minnesota’s largest rock festival and one of the premier classicrock festivals in the United States. The Jam features 300 acres of camping and facilities,food and beverage stands, open seating up to the stage and excellent security. Itssafe atmosphere is one of biggest reasons the festival has gone from being a partyfor a few thousand in 1992 to an event that entertains tens of thousands of classicrock enthusiasts from all over the world.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling 1 (877) MOONJAMor by going to www.moondancejam.com. Four-day passes are $130 and allow access upto the front row of the main stage. Four-day VIP Passes are $425 and include freebeer and food, stage-side shaded seating, meet and greets, StageBox access and more.Four-day general camping is $60 per person. All ticket, camping and parking detailsare available on the website.

Avatar introduction coming to Minnetonka
MINNETONKA, Minn. – Avatar® is a powerful self development course that awakenseach person’s inherent power to create their reality and live their life more deliberately.It is created by Harry Palmer, an educator with a background in Educational Psychology,who unlocked the secrets of human consciousness with simple effective exercises.Once you unlock the secrets of your consciousness, you get to change your mentalblueprint at will.

Avatar is presenting free introductory mini courses on Tuesday evenings (and individualsessions can be scheduled) July 29 through August 6 at the Minnetonka Marriot. Thecourses are open to anyone who has interest in exploring consciousness and creatinglife more deliberately. Contact Elleva Joy McDonald at (952) 906-0227 or e-mail ellevajoy@aol.com.Visit AvatarEPC.com. Avatar® is a registered trademark of Star’s Edge, Inc.

Divine Feminine process
Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code has generated more than controversy with itsmotion picture debut. It has inspired an incredible amount of discussion on one ofits central themes: the Divine Feminine. Supporting women in embodying that is thefocus of a local initiative.

Awakening Your Divine Feminine Essence, an awakening process is designed for eachwoman to awaken and fulfill the divine design for her life, will be presented inthe Twin Cities for women to restore, honor, balance and integrate the feminine intheir lives, communities and culture.

The first Priestess Process circle in the Twin Cities began last September. Inthe words of one of those participants: "For those who want to move forwardwith their lives…this is a gentle and yet very powerful way to do so." A newcircle will form this September. A free, informational/preview evening will takeplace on August 1.

For more information, contact Carol Chase, Priestess Process Facilitator at (763)438-9911 or e-mail carolachase@yahoo.com.

Lakeside offers first associate degree program in massage therapy in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE – Lakeside School of Massage Therapy has added the option of an associatedegree to their existing 750-hour diploma program in massage therapy.

Lakeside, the first massage therapy school in Wisconsin to become accredited andto offer federal financial aid for those who qualify, also is the first to offeran associate degree in massage therapy. The institution has continually providedquality massage therapy education for more than 20 years. It has added advanced educationand training in exercise physiology, nutrition, pharmacology, orthopedic testing,assessment, research and massage therapy techniques. The school has locations inboth Milwaukee and Madison. For more information, visit www.lakeside.edu

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