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Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014

French Lick
Little engineers won't believe their eyes--or their ears! For the first time ever at Day Out With Thomas, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans. Boys and girls will be cheerfully greeted by the #1 Engine on September 20 & 21 - 27 & 28 when he pulls into French Lick Scenic Railway for Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014. In addition, children will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more.

1-800-748-7246


Brian Weeks Author Signing (First Friday)

Better World Books - Goshen, 215 S. Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526
Join us to welcome newly published children's author, Brian Weeks, introducing THE ADVENTURES OF RICKY RACCOON. Brian hails from LaPorte, Indiana, where he began spinning yarns for his family.

An excerpt:
Ricky started down the path, and then all of a sudden, he fell five feet down into a pit filled with snakes. Ricky screamed as the snakes started to circle him. The walls of the pit were too high for Ricky to escape. What should he do?

As the howling of wolves and other strange noises fill the night air, Ricky Raccoon must venture into the Neverending Forest to find his parents. Nothing good has ever come out of the forest, and villagers never dare to go in---and if they do, they are never seen again.
Join Ricky on his first adventure as he meets the queen of the forest, helping her on a special quest, and as he faces alligators, giant spiders, snakes, packs of wolves, and eventually the evil Lord Turmoil. Will Ricky manage to find his parents and save them? Will he ever be able to escape the Neverending Forest?

The Adventures of Ricky Raccoon will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Veronica Berkey
574.534.1984



Becoming Your Best Self: The New Science of Stress and Willpower

The Hilton Garden Inn, 53995 Indiana 933, South Bend IN
One of Forbes 20 Most Inspiring Women and bestselling author
of The Willpower Instinct, and The Neuroscience of Change,
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is passionate about exploring the latest
research on motivation, temptation and procrastination, and turning
them into easy-to-use ideas to transform habits, persevere at challenges and make successful changes.
Join us for an evening of insights and strategies!
Kelly’s upbeat, dynamic, and humor-filled style
makes it easy to grasp new ways to achieve your
personal and professional goals—and get even
closer to becoming your best self.

Call 574-647-6628 to reserve your seat or go online at www.memorialbrainworks.com


Book Signing for Families and Narratives in the Bible

Parable Christian Store, 2913 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085
Book Signing.

Dara Rose
www.Facebook.com/FandNITB
FandNITBook@gmail.com
574.243.6088



God's Time for Little Ones Bible Story Hour

Peace Lutheran School 16791 Cleveland Rd Granger, IN 46530
God’s Time for Little Ones:
Ages 3-5 Free story hour. Classes are held every Thursday throughout the school year. Children are invited to meet in the preschool classroom of our school building, which is located just behind the church. Little ones will join us to hear a simple story from the Bible to learn about God’s love! This is a Bible story hour for little ones with simple and fun crafts, songs, and activities. Please call to reserve a space for your preschooler

Mark your calendar now!
God’s Time dates for 2014-15: Aug. 21 & 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25, Oct. 2, 16, 23 & 30, Nov. 6, 13 & 20, Dec. 4, 11 & 18, Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, April 2, 16, 23 & 30, May 7 & 14
Terry Steinke, teacher. terry.steinke@gmail.com


Terry Steinke Peace Lutheran School 574-273-8260
peacelutheranschool@comcast.net



BRISTOL HILLS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

Elkhart County Historical Museum 304 W Vistula, Bristol IN 46507
At the 25th ANNUAL BRISTOL HILLS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

Come, sit, listen, laugh and reminisce while our 2014 nationally known featured tellers Bil Lepp and Beth Horner take your imagination and memories away to other times and places. You’ll find yourself laughing, caught up in an adventure with intriguing characters, or you may find a story reminds you of an experience long ago and forgotten. Our hope is that you will be inspired to share and pass on your stories with friends and family.

The 25th ANNUAL BRISTOL HILLS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL will be held Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the ELKHART COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM, at 304 W. Vistula Street in Bristol. Parking is available at the Museum, the Post Office, and across the street.

The Museum will remain open during the Storytelling Festival. Visitors are encouraged to browse through the exhibits before the program to learn about local history. Tour guides will be available to direct our guests through the galleries. In addition, you will enjoy listening to the “Promissory Notes" playing authentic, acoustic folk and mountain music both nights before the featured teller performance.

The Swapping Ground precedes the Featured Telling at 5:30 pm with local informal audience participation and is open to anyone wishing to share or just listen to a story. Traditionally the Swapping Grounds provides an opportunity for interested people to tell a story in front of a supportive audience. So come and tell your true, funny, a tall tale or personal story that goes between “Once upon a time” and “the end”. Be brave, have fun, give your story wings in the Swapping Ground. Featured tellers are at 7 pm. Admission is $10. Stories are family oriented for adults and teens.
The 2014 Festival featured storytellers will be:
Bil Lepp: Growing up in a family where it was the responsibility of the listener to decide whether or not a story was true, Bil became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. Audiences are delighted by Bil’s hilarious tales and delightful insights into everyday life. Be it a plunger, a hunting trip, or a funeral, Bil can find the humor in any situation. His stories often start as personal experiences, move toward outrageous, and become hysterically unbelievable. Yet they contain morsels of truth and wisdom. True life or true lie? You may never know.

Beth Horner: Beth’s goal as a storyteller is to entertain and to encourage her listeners to dip into the wealth of their own imaginations. “When you watch a story on television or in a movie theater, you see one person’s (the film maker’s) depiction of an image – of a monster, a prince or an enraged tiger eating a buffalo chip! When you hear a story, you create that image yourself. When I’m telling stories to 50 different people, there are 50 different movies going on in the minds of listeners. Nothing is as powerful or vivid as your own imagination.”

Visit our web site: www.bristolhills.net or call 574-262-5957 for more information.


K Case
574-262-5957