Happiness, Hand Drums & Hula Hoops for Sandy Hook

The first of two workshops was a huge success yesterday as over 80 participants hooped and drummed their way to happiness.

Love and thanks to:

~ All my financial supporters from around the country

~ April 6th workshop volunteers including Tim, Jaime and Miss Emily, Katie Beth, Kristen & Amy

~ Drum Circle Facilitators Katy G. & John K. of Music Heals Us

~ Hoop makers and hooping facilitators Nicole and Jackie from bringtheHoopla

~ REMO drums

~ Identi-Tape

~ Wayne Hammond, Graphic Artist,

~ Executive Office Services of Bridgeport,

~ Lowes of Danbury

AND HealingNewtown Art Space!

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26 Drums Delivered To Healing Newtown

REMO_drums_delivered_to_Newtown_CTOn March 20th, 2013 – just in time for spring – My Circles of Love received a very special delivery in preparation for their upcoming “Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook” workshops.

Using funds from the generous contributions of kind friends and family from around the country, Janet Maurice of Trumbull purchased and donated these 26 brand new djembe Remo drums to the HealingNewtown Art Space located at 5 Queen Street, Newtown CT.

Working with John Fitzgerald, Manager, Recreational Music Activities, Janet Maurice of Trumbull was able to secure a generous 70% discount from Remo drums of California, making the donation possible.

The first of two drumming workshops will take place on Saturday April 6th. This workshop, filled to capacity, will be facilitated by professional drummer and drum circle facilitator Katy Gaughan from Music Heals Us of Tacoma MD. ,  Djesben, The Akoma Drummers and the John K. Band.

DV016_Jpg_Large_442468In addition to participation in the drum circle using the newly donated djembe drums, participants will be making, decorating and taking home their own rhythmic rain sticks.

A second workshop is planned for May 18th, 2013 and a limited number of spaces are still available.  More information and registration for Sandy Hook and Newtown residents at www.healingnewtown.org

Identi-Tape Inc. Supports Project for Sandy Hook

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Beautiful tape donated by Identi-Tape of Boulder Colorado

We just got word that Boulder Colorado-based tape company, Identi-Tape Inc. has shipped off a very generous donation of vinyl, gaffer, deco and glow in the dark hoop tape for our upcoming April 6th and May 18th Hand Drums and Hula Hoops workshops at Healing Newtown Art Space in Newtown CT

This tape will be used  to personalize and beautifully embellish the 100 hand-made hoops being lovingly made by bringtheHoopla LLC. with funds donated from loving friends from around the country and donated to the workshop participants.

From darkness comes light ~ from kindness comes healing.

THANK YOU IDENTI-TAPE Inc. ♥

Free Hand Drums & Hula Hoops “Playshops” Offered at Healing Newtown Art Space

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Free Hand Drums & Hula Hoops “Playshops” Offered at Healing Newtown Art Space

Newtown, CT, March 17, 2013 – My Circles Of Love presents the first of two Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops For Sandy Hook “playshops” on Saturday, April 6th. These free events will be held at the HealingNewtown Art Space, located at 5 Queen Street in Newtown CT.  The morning hooping & crafting session will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm and the afternoon drumming, rhythm & crafting session will take place from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Facilitated by bringtheHOOPLA LLC of CT, this morning hooping playshop will be a fun and creative morning of hula hooping, HOOPLA style. Participants will decorate their own ‘professional-grade’ hoop to take home and learn the art of hooping through musical hoopla, demonstrations, instruction & a free-style hoop session. No experience necessary, fun for all ages! This morning hooping and crafting session will take place from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  

 If you’ve never experienced the exhilaration and joy of a drum circle, now’s your chance! No experience necessary. Facilitated by professional drummer and drum circle facilitator Katy Gaughan of Tacoma Park’s Music Heals Us, this free afternoon of drum circle and rhythm fun will help you tap into your own rhythm and connect with the rhythms of those around you through the interactive experience of group drumming! This session includes professional drumming demonstrations, basic hand drum instruction, a drum circle jam session for all & free-style rhythmic movement.  Participants will also create, decorate and take home their own musical “RAIN STICK”!  No experience necessary, fun for all ages. This afternoon drumming, rhythm & crafting session will take place from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Registration is limited. Attendance is free for ages six and above. No prior experience is necessary. Register online at www.healingnewtown.org for one or both of these Saturday, April 6th 2013 “playshops” or in person at Healing Newtown Art Space.

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Brought to you by Janet Maurice of My Circles of Love, The Hand Drums and Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook Project is been made possible by generous monetary donations from friends & family, time and talent donations by bringtheHOOPLA LLC and Katy Gaughan of Music Heals Us, and through the deep discounts offered by REMO Drums of CA and Lowes of Danbury.  Learn more about this project at www.mycirclesoflove.wordpress.com

April 6th – FREE Drumming & Rhythm “Playshop” For the Whole Family

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April 6th  1:00am-3:00pm

If you’ve never experienced the exhilaration and joy of a drum circle, now’s your chance! No experience necessary. This free afternoon of drum circle and rhythm fun, facilitated by Katy Gaughan of Tacoma Park’s Music Heals Us, will help you tap into your own rhythm and connect with the rhythms of those around you through the interactive experience of group drumming!

This session includes professional drumming demonstrations, basic hand drum instruction, a drum circle jam session & free-style rhythmic movement.  You’ll also make, decorate and take home your own musical “RAIN STICK”!

Newtown Residents - Register Today - It's Free

Newtown Residents – Register Today – It’s Free

Brought to you by Janet Maurice of My Circles Of Love, this “playshop” is a part of the Hand Drums and Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook Project.   Learn more at www.mycirclesoflove.wordpress.com

Ages – 6 and up.
Number of participants: 30

April 6th – Free Hula-Hoop Making & Hooping Workshop

IMG_0284My Circles Of Love Presents: Bring The Hoopla! FREE Hula-Hoop Making & Hooping Fun for the Whole Family!

April 6th 10:00am-12:00pm

Come and get your hoop on! Join us for a fun and creative morning of hula hooping, HOOPLA style. Participants will decorate their own ‘professional-grade’ hoop to take home and learn the art of hooping through musical hoopla, demonstrations, instruction & a free-style hoop session. No experience necessary, FUN FOR ALL AGES!

Ages – 6 and up.
Number of participants:  50

Register Now - It's FREE

Register Now – It’s FREE

Brought to you by Janet Maurice of My Circles Of Love and bringtheHoopla LLC, this “playshop” is a part of the Hand Drums and Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook project. Learn more at http://www.mycirclesoflove.wordpress.com

Drum Circle Facilitators To Volunteer at HealingNewtown

HAND DRUMS & HULA-HOOPS FOR SANDY HOOK
DRUM FACILITATORS ANNOUNCED

IMG_8745-227x300My Circles Of Love is both proud and pleased to announce that Katy Gaughan of Music Heals Us and Lydia Smith of Drumming With Lydia have both volunteered their time and talents to upcoming  HealingNewtown.org workshops.

On April 6th, 2013 Katy Gaughan will lead the afternoon drumming session of Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook while Lydia Smith facilitates the May 18th session.

In addition to a fun afternoon of drumming and rhythm exploration, participants will make, embellish, and bring home their own rain sticks.

These FREE drumming workshops are being offered to Sandy Hook & Newtown residents in conjunction with morning Hula-Hoop workshops by bringtheHoopla LLC

DONATING THE GIFT OF MUSIC & RHYTHMIC FUN

Through the support of donated funds from friends and family, My Circles of Love is donating 26 new Kid REMO djembes the the HealingNewtown Center For The Arts. These drums will be used during these, and future drum circle workshops.

In addition to this drum donation, 60 rainsticks will be crafted, embellished and taken home by the April 6th and May 18th workshop participants, as well as 100 professional-grade hoops hand crafted by bringtheHoopla.

PLEASE CONSIDER A TAX DEDUCTIBLE
OR IN-KIND DONATION

Remo Drums & our hoop manufacturer have offered us rock bottom pricing for this special program, and while 26 drums have been purchased to date in honor of those lost in the senseless & tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, we’d like to do more with the help of people like you.

If you would like to help this worthy cause and keep the healing music flowing in Newtown, please contact me for a TAX ID NUMBER.

Have a drum or other gently used rhythm instruments you’d like to donate, please consider contacting me with details.

Small or large, your donation will be put to great use for years to come.

mycirclesoflove@gmail.com

Peace & Thanks
Janet Maurice

Bring the Hoopla!

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bringtheHoopla LLC partners with My Circles Of Love!

bringtheHoopla LLC and founders Nicole Heriot and Jackie Far Ribalaigua will be joining forces with My Circles Of Love to bring Hand Drums and Hula Hoops – or “Hupla Hoops” to Sandy Hook this Spring. Dates are being worked out but the planning for hoop making and hooping workshops has begun.

Working through Healing Newtown  ~ HealingNewtown.org, bringtheHoopla LLC will bring the joys of hooping to the new HealingNewtown Arts Space through several hands-on workshops. Demonstations by performance hoopers, hoop decorating and hooping lessons all set to fun music equals a day of learning, fitness & good-old-fashioned fun.

Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops For Sandy Hook

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“WHEN YOU DO GOOD, YOU FEEL GOOD”
Ann Curry

And when you’re drumming and dancing with a loving community of friends, you feel really good. 

If you know this feeling and would like to share it with some folks who could really use it, please help me raise the money needed to purchase hand drums and hula-hoops for the children and teachers of Sandy Hook Connecticut.

#26ACTS OF KINDNESS…. ARE YOU IN?

Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops For Sandy Hook Elementary

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The goal of the Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops initiative is to provide the Sandy Hook community with hand drums and hula-hoops so that they can each create their own circles of love, both large and small whenever the spirit moves them for many years to come.

Together, we can make it happen.

In the spirit of #26acts, please consider donating $26.00 (or more) if you can.  If you can’t at this time, no problem – feel free to send your good vibes and positive messages of love to the school or greater community on the form below and I’ll be sure to pass your message along.

Although nothing can erase the sad realities of December 14th, kind acts from people around the world are helping to change the prevailing culture of violence and foster loving communities. We are turning sad days into happy ones and for my neighbors in Newtown CT, this has never been more important.

Workshops For the Sandy Hook Community at Healing Arts:

Newtown CT has opened a beautiful, dedicated Healing Arts Space in downtown Newtown that’s perfect for workshops and programs for large and small groups. Click in and see it here: HealingNewtown.org

My Circles Of Love is planning several indoor drumming, creative arts and hooping workshops for April and May with the help of a professional healing arts therapist, several professional drum circle facilitators and the leaders/hoopers from bringtheHoopla LLC .

Depending upon the amount of money raised, we hope to have the kids create and take home their own “hoopla-hoops” and rhythm instruments following participation in the workshops.

Hand Drum & Hula-Hoop “Festival”

In addition, outdoor community activities are being planned for this summer where workshop participants can bring their hoops and drums and join the greater community in festive musical, dance, art and rhythmic activities in a festival-like atmosphere

We hope to provide the kids, teachers, parents and siblings from Sandy Hook Elementary and Newtown with live music, crafts, experiential drumming, hooping, dancing, games and food. Location, dates and details are in discussion with festival organizers.

The number of items presented and donated depends upon how much money I can raise.

As a neighbor to the folks in Newtown, (and close friend with a few of its residents) I can assure you that every penny you donate will go directly to purchasing these items and will be personally delivered to those directly affected by this tragedy. Your help and generosity will be greatly appreciated by all.

“HOW CAN I HELP?” Glad you asked 

:: Donate now via the paypal account for hand drums & hula-hoops
:: Donate via check – email me at mycirclesoflove@gmail.com
:: Looking for a tax-deduction? Feel free to donate directly to the HealingNewtown.org

In the spirit of #26acts, please consider donating $26.00 (or more) if you can.

If you can’t at this time, no problem – feel free to send your good vibes and positive messages of love to the school or greater community on the form below and I’ll be sure to pass your message along via the Newtown Healing Arts Center.

MUSIC AND DANCE HEAL – so let the healing begin . Lets honor the memory of these beautiful souls and help all who are left behind enjoy the life they have been left to live through their own circles of love.

Please note: If you’d prefer to send a tax deductible donation to the Newtown Healing Arts, you can do that here. Either way, your kind donation will be used to help the town heal and your kindness will be greatly appreciated.

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Thank you! and please help spread the word ~ J. Maurice

CONTACT ME –Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops For Sandy Hook Elementary
Please use the form below to send your comments, thoughts or well-wishes to the good people of Newtown CT and Sandy Hook Elementary.  I’ll be sure they get there.

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