Saturday, October 20, 2012

[SDCPJ] 3 great North County events: 2 on Sunday; one in January!



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dick Eiden <ncforum@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Walk to end the death penalty, more on Letters Night
To: Dick Eiden <dickeiden@sbcglobal.net>


Dear Friends of North County Forum:

Our 16th annual Letters Night will be held at Grace Chapel of the Coast, 102 N. Freeman Street in downtown Oceanside near Mission Street and Coast Highway. Grace Chapel of the Coast used to be a movie theater and still has that ornate look and feel in the theater and the lobby. There is a stage with about 400 fixed, theater-style seats, and a flat area in back which can hold up to 125 folding chairs. And the large, L-shaped lobby will be perfect for socializing and refreshments from Hill Street Café during social hour from 6pm - 7pm.   January 26, 2013. The food will go away and the Letters Awards program will start at 7pm.
More info later on this "biggest, best, and maybe the last" Letters to the Editor Awards Night.

The other change in Letters Night will be no alcohol sold or permitted. GraceChapeloftheCoast.com is a recovery church with strict rules about drugs and alcohol. We wish to honor both the letter and the intent of those rules. Thanks for your understanding.

Tomorrow, Sunday, October 21 will be Amnesty International's annual Walk for Human Rights at the Oceanside Pier, newly renamed Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater, 5:30pm, this year focusing on ending the death penalty. Here is a recent article with details, including the great speakers. Don't let the "walk" scare you away, the short walk to the end of the pier is optional.
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/oceanside-candlelight-walk-oct-focuses-on-death-penalty/article_662792f7-76ee-5fc7-b295-7c278c12f85b.html

POETRY  -  Some of you on this North County Forum list were also on the Sunset Poets email list which got hacked last January and the address book/contact list completely stolen. (Everyone got a note saying I'd been mugged in Madrid and needed money right away). Now I'm having to start the Sunset Poets list again from scratch.

If you wish to be on the new Sunset Poets email list, please send me a note at SunsetPoets@gmail.com

POETRY READING TOMORROW - Sunset Poets will feature Ruth Nolan 
Vista Library Poetry Feature October 21, 2012

(700 Eucalyptus, Vista...#78 to Civic Center Dr. exit, north a few blocks then east turn, and a block more.)   2:30 to 4:30pm.

OPEN MIKE for all to participate after the reading, hosted by Sandy Carpenter.

Ruth Nolan, a native of the Mojave Desert, is Professor of English at College of the Desert and is also an award-winning poet, writer and photographer whose works focus on love, loss, Native American culture, sacred sites, and environmental issues in the California deserts. She recently won first prize in the California Writers Club, Inland Empire Chapter 2012 poetry contest for her poem, "Point Happy," and her poetry has appeared recently in San Diego Poetry Annual 2012; New California Writing 2011 (Heyday Books); Crow and Raven: California Writers on Crows and Ravens; Inlandia: A Literary Journey; and Night Becomes the Night - Los Angeles Noir Poetry.
She is a cultural journalist/photographer, contributing feature stories and pictures based in California's desert areas for award-winning KCET Artbound, Los Angeles, and is editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California's deserts, published by Heyday Books in 2009.  She blogs about the desert for Heyday Books at www.heyday.com and also on her personal blog at http://ruthnolan.blogspot.com. She lives in Palm Desert.

Poem: Point Happy, by Ruth Nolan
1st place winner, IECWC 2012 contest

Point Happy

This was an old village site,
now cemented, filled in,
where Indians dug walk-in
wells by hand for hundreds
of slow years down to where
faithful desert river never stopped
flowing. This is where ocean
once slurped at land. This
is where the fish surged
on high tide into rock traps,
where the old shoreline lies
to us with promises of deep
water. This is now the site
of a fast food restaurant whose drive
thru overflows with impatient
customers, forever thirsty,
stumbling in from the mirage.

__Ruth Nolan

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