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Permalink 04:46:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 759 words   English (US) latin1
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Steven Curtis Chapman hosting "Sam's Place" concerts in Nashville

This fall, multi-platinum selling recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman will host the revival of popular concert series, “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” at Nashville’s Mother Church, Ryman Auditorium. The initial six month run began on Nov. 2 and continue for one Sunday each month. “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” invites artists from all genres of music to share songs with an uplifting spiritual message and pay homage to the Ryman’s tabernacle roots. Portions of the Ryman concerts will be used to produce a one hour radio show that will air monthly on the K-LOVE radio network starting next year. Confirmed guests for the series include former American Idol Danny Gokey, Amy Grant, Brandon Heath, Mercy Me, Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, Ray Stevens, Tenth Avenue North and Third Day. Additional artists will be announced throughout the run.

Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” takes its name from charismatic evangelist Samuel Porter Jones (1847-1906), who gained fame in the region for his energetic sermons filled of fire and brimstone during the mid-1880s.  On May 10, 1885, he led a tent revival in downtown Nashville for more than 5,000 which was attended by riverboat captain Thomas Green Ryman (1841-1904).  Ryman experienced a conversion that night and, inspired by the multitude unable to find room under the tent, made it his mission to construct of a great tabernacle “for all denominations” to join in worship. Seven years later, the Union Gospel Tabernacle opened its doors in 1892.  It was Jones, while delivering Ryman’s eulogy at the Tabernacle on Christmas Day in 1904, who proposed the building’s name be changed to Ryman Auditorium to thunderous agreement.

The first incarnation of “Sam’s Place” debuted at the newly renovated and reopened Ryman in 1994 with Gary Chapman as host. Over a five year span the series welcomed the biggest names in Christian, country, gospel and bluegrass including, Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dobie Gray, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Marty Stuart, Michael McDonald, Michael W. Smith, Ricky Skaggs, Vestal Gooman, Wynonna and many more.   Twenty years later, at the onset of a multi-million dollar expansion project, the historic building will once again pay tribute to its tabernacle roots with the revival of the series.

Host Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music with fifty-eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, forty-eight #1 singles and nearly eleven million albums sold.  As part of the Christian music scene since the 1980s, he has eight RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. A vocal supporter of adoption, Chapman, along with his wife Mary Beth, founded Show Hope in 2003, a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress. Since its inception, Show Hope has helped provide forever homes through Adoption Aid grants for more than 4,000 orphans from 50+ countries, including the U.S. In addition, more than 1,500 orphans with special needs have received critically needed medical care through Show Hope’s Special Care Centers, giving them a hope for a family and a future. Through numerous other programs for individuals, students, families, and communities, Show Hope is mobilizing a movement to care for the world’s children who need it most. For more information, please visit A portion of the proceeds of Sam’s Place ticket sales will go to Show Hope and Chapman plans a moment to “show hope” in each Sam’s Place.

As a performer there isn’t a stage more special to stand on than the Ryman’s. It’s got an  amazing history and I’m really excited to be a part of a series created in the spirit of taking the Ryman back to its originally intended purposes,” Chapman said.  “’Sam’s Place’ allows us to tap into the Ryman’s heartbeat from the beginning. In this legendary building where “all are welcome” we will come together as children of God to enjoy the gift of music. All arewelcome; artists from all genres of music, country, Christian, gospel, bluegrass, pop, rock, every form we enjoy here in music city. This show allows us to come together around the common thread of our faith woven through the songs.  I love this because no matter what genre, ‘Sam’s Place’ is an event that gives artists a stage to acknowledge their faith and its importance as a part of who they are.”

Portions of “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” will be compiled for a one hour broadcast on the national K-LOVE radio network starting in 2015. K-LOVE is the largest radio network in the Christian radio format with more than 446 stations in forty-seven states reaching eighteen million listeners. K-LOVE can be heard locally in Nashville on 97.1 FM.

Tickets for individual shows are $27.50, $34.50 and $39.50.  Season passes are also available for $178.00 and $198.00. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to Show Hope. Tickets go on sale September 19 at 10 am at the Ryman box office, or by calling 615-889-3060.  Group rates are also available for groups of 15 or more by calling 615-871-5043.

Permalink 04:09:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 233 words   English (US) latin1
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Nationwide Children's Hospital to host toy drive

The third annual Every Gift Matters Great Toy Drop-Off to benefit patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will be held Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested persons should follow the signage to the Outpatient Care loop located at 555 S. 18th St., where staff will accept toy donations for patients while donors remain in their cars.

Each year during the holidays, Nationwide Children’s receives countless phone calls and emails from the community asking about donating toys to patients. A gift of toys, games or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital, especially during the holidays. While donations of food or clothing cannot be accepted, the following items are ideal:

- Legos 

- Decks of Uno cards 

- Decks of regular playing cards 

- Infant soothers that attach to crib rail (all plastic please) 

- Toddler toys - Especially those that are musical and/or light-up (all plastic please) 

- Toy medical kits 

- CD players 

- Teen DVD’s (PG-13, no R please) 

- Craft kits for ‘tweens’ and teens 

- Play-Doh

All donated items should not be wrapped. Because of concerns regarding infection control and allergies, the hospital cannot accept used toys or used stuffed animals, including toys or stuffed animals that have never been played with, but have been in a home as part of a collection. For more information on the appropriate types of toys and gifts Nationwide Children’s can accept, please click on the following link: .


Permalink 08:03:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 527 words   English (US) latin1
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Peter Furler to release Christmas album

With multiple GRAMMY nominations and Dove awards, 25 No. 1 songs and over seven million albums sold in his career,Peter Furler (founder of the Newsboys), delivers his debut Christmas record this holiday season from Prescott Records with Naxos and New Day Distribution. Available now at, Spotify, and everywhere great Christmas music is found, fans and listeners are already praising Peter Furler Christmas (Feat. David Ian) for its innovative sound textures and beautiful arrangements of classic Christmas songs.

Furler and multi-talented jazz instrumentalist and arranger, David Ian, who produced the album, assemble a unique listening experience with the new recording, showcasing vintage sounds of the holiday season from ancient past to present. The unexpected duo set out to create a vintage, classic and meditative album that hearkened back to the jazz sounds of Vince Guaraldi and the minimalist era of Miles Davis. Using singers and musicians from around the world, including from America, Armenia, Lebanon, Russia and South Africa, Furler and Ian also incorporate traditional orchestration as well as exotic instruments like the Duduk (indigenous Armenian wind instrument) to create an unconventional and introspective Christmas album.

“David and I wanted to create an album that shares the story of Christmas, one that we hope you will enjoy for years to come,” says Furler. “We had in mind for this music to be played while listeners engage in their favorite Christmas traditions, enjoying a warm fire, a quiet dinner party, watching the snow gently fall outside.”

In a time where music listeners are looking for authenticity, Peter Furler Christmas offers not only authentic music and arrangements, but Furler and Ian deliver an astonishing classic Christmas album.

"With a slight departure from my previous two Christmas releases, I wanted to set this collection apart and create a sound that brings the sacred to light,” adds Ian. “We deliberately wanted to bring new life to Christmas songs that are often overlooked.”

With three of the newly arranged traditional carols, “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “What Child Is This” at radio now, Furler also delivers two spoken word tracks accompanied by Ian’s contemplative piano, string and chamber arrangements. These spoken word tracks include the prophesies of the birth of Christ, as well as the Luke account of the Christmas story. They offer a beautiful reminder of the meaning of Christmas and the narrative for all the tracks on the album.

“…Grammy nominated Australian singer / songwriter Peter Furler puts a retro cool spin on the reason for the season with perhaps the best Christmas release for the year,” says Critical Jazz in its 5-star review of the album. “The featured pianist David Ian is far more than an accompanist but instead a magician of counterpoint allowing Furler's introspective yet old school cool style to shine through for a truly memorable release.” agrees that the album is “an unusual but quite appetizing holiday disc.”

With RELEVANT preparing to stream the album for one-week-only on “The Drop” beginning Dec. 2, the full track listing forPeter Furler Christmas (Feat. David Ian) follows:

1)  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

2)  It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

3)  We Three Kings

4)  O Come O Come Emmanuel

5)  Spoken Word Ancient Writings

6)  O Come All Ye Faithful

7)  What Child Is This?

8)  Spoken Word Christmas Story

9)  Little Drummer Boy

10) Silent Night

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Washington Ballet to premiere "Swan Lake" in April

 Theo Kossenas/Washington Ballet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Ballet (TWB) will lift the curtain in April 2015 with a series of firsts during its upcoming production of Swan Lake, including the U.S. premiere of star ballerina Misty Copeland in the leading roles of Odette/Odile. The production will also launch performances by musical artists of S&R Foundation's Evermay Chamber Orchestra in The Washington Ballet's first-ever full length production of this quintessential ballet.

"It is history in the making," according to Septime Webre, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet. "For the first time in the organization's 70 years, The Washington Ballet (TWB) will present Swan Lake, but not without a few other notable 'firsts' with this ballet," Webre adds.

Joining TWB in this endeavor is American Ballet Theatre (ABT) soloist and ballet celebrity Misty Copeland. In the recent years she has been on a meteoric rise to stardom as one of the nation's most celebrated ballerinas, only the second African-American ballerina to be promoted to soloist at American Ballet Theatre. Copeland also has both The New York Times best-selling memoir, Life in Motion and children's book Firebird on the literary circuit and she's the worldwide face of Under Armour's "I Will What I Want" campaign. Recently she was a guest judge on the television show So You Think You Can Dance and was appointed by President Obama to thePresident's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.  

This production of Swan Lake is also the launch of a creative collaboration between the Washington Ballet and the S&R Foundation's Evermay Chamber Orchestra, which will perform the famed and beloved Tchaikovsky score, ensuring that diversity and youthful artistic expression will occur both on and off the stage. Evermay Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble of solo-caliber artists from five continents, assembled by S&R Foundation Washington Award Grand Prize Winner Tamaki Kawakubo, the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, among other awards. Evermay Chamber Orchestra is presented by the S&R Foundation under the patronage of Dr. Ryuji Ueno. "We are absolutely delighted to collaborate with The Washington Ballet in bringing this magnificent score to life," states Kawakubo. "This is a landmark moment for Evermay Chamber and we are inspired to share some of Tchaikovsky's finest music with DC audiences."


Permalink 07:25:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 275 words   English (US) latin1
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Crew Soccer Foundation to match donations for firefighter who survived lightning strike

The Crew Soccer Foundation announced that it has committed up to $10,000 of matching funds for donations to Columbus Fire Department’s Lieutenant Stu Tudor, who survived a lightning strike in the parking lot of Crew Stadium while participating in a Get Behind The Badgefundraiser for firefighters and police officers prior to the club’s scheduled match on June 28. Tudor and his family are asking for donations to help with the costs of healthcare. The family’s official Go Fund Me Page ( remains the location for Crew SC fans to donate over the next 30 days in which the club’s charitable arm will supplement the financial support.

“The Crew Soccer Foundation is proud to support Lt. Tudor and hope that many will join these efforts,” said Crew Soccer Foundation Vice President Jamie Ryan. “Any donation of any amount from a single fan goes a long way in helping a member of our Crew SC family in need of assistance.”

“Lt. Tudor, myself, and the Tudor Family cannot thank the entire Columbus Crew SC organization enough for their kind generosity in our fundraising campaign,” said Lisa Watford, partner of Lt. Tudor. “Since this unfortunate incident occurred, the organization has reached out and supported us in every way. With the rising medical costs in Lt. Tudor’s rehabilitation, financial support from fans and the organization will allow us to continue to secure quality care and support for Lt. Tudor. Since it is rare for someone to survive this type of serious lightning strike, we are optimistic about his recovery and hope that Lt. Tudor someday will be able to attend future soccer matches at Crew Stadium.”

For more information on the Crew Soccer Foundation visit 

Permalink 07:15:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 97 words   English (US) latin1
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Stark County Hunger Task Force pantry closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Stark County Hunger Task Force (SCHTF) officials announce the emergency pantry at 408 9th St. will close Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The pantry in the Community Campus at Goodwill will resume regular hours beginning Dec. 1 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Founded in 1981, Stark County Hunger Task Force at 408 9th St. SW, Canton, leads the battle against hunger in Stark County. Operating almost entirely on donations, SCHTF provides free groceries to more than 27,000 individuals every month through more than 30 food pantries, “Backpacks for Kids” programs and an emergency pantry. For more information, call 330.455.6667 or visit SCHTF on line at


Permalink 05:32:00 pm, by viewfromthepugh Email , 353 words   English (US) latin1
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Winter eye care tips

When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems - especially for individuals who wear glasses.
Having a prescription that addresses vision issues is critical, but equally important are the glasses you wear to correct those problems. Without properly considering how certain lenses will perform as you go about your daily activities, you may encounter new vision challenges that are bothersome and sometimes even hazardous. 
Activities as ordinary as entering warm to cold environments or simply experiencing the winter weather outside can fog up your lenses. Foggy glasses are more than a simple annoyance - they cause temporary blindness and can lead to truly dangerous situations.
Other conditions
Beyond the exposure to cool winter temperatures, there are many other everyday situations during which fog can be annoying or even dangerous, such as:
* Walking or running outdoors
* Getting out of the shower or bath
* Preparing food over the stove
* Walking down the stairs
* Playing sports or exercising
Keep your lenses free of fog
You don't have to avoid your daily activities to fend off fog from your lenses. Here are three ways to minimize or avoid the fog this winter:
* Dress less. While outdoors, be careful not to overdress. Wearing too many layers of clothing can cause your body to overheat and sweat more, creating fog on your lenses as your body heat rises.
* Talk to your eye doctor. Ask about lenses specially designed to protect against fog, such as Optifog lenses, which have patented fog repellant properties on both the front and back side of the lens. Simply cleaning Optifog lenses with the Optifog Activator Cloth provides long-lasting protection against fog.
* Wear a headband. When involved in physical activity, condensation can build up on your lenses. Wear a headband to absorb any sweat produced by your body to potentially help reduce fog.
The problem of fog can be minimized or even eliminated by choosing lenses that are specially designed to correct common problems and can help your vision regardless of the season. Learn more about how to protect your eyes and eyewear from fog and other annoyances at 

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