January Local Newsletter

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No! It Isn't Seinfeld, It's Making Contact (National Radio Project)

Da Da Dum.... Perhaps you hear the program on your favorite public radio station or you listen online, but those first few notes they play just before they say "This week on Making Contact" are almost as iconic as those first few notes they had on Seinfeld. Reach And Teach is honored to have the team from Making Contact at our shop in San Mateo this Saturday January 12th from 2pm to 5pm and you're invited. See below for details. This month we'll also be doing a field trip to the Bay Area Environmental Educators Resource (BAEER) Fair. See below for info on that great annual event in Marin. AND... Reach And Teach will be the bookseller at the annual Orion Children's Book Festival in Redwood City on Saturday February 2nd! Check out news about that below.

Da Da Dum...... This Week on Making Contact

Now that the silly season of election politics, the frenzy of the holidays, and recovery from nearly falling off the so-called fiscal cliff are behind us, it's time for us to get together, have fun, be inspired, and OCCUPY 2013! The team at the National Radio Project's Making Contact program, a syndicated radio show reaching 200 stations in 39 states, wants to connect with the progressive community on the peninsula, share their plans for 2013 programming, and get ideas from YOU in a fun, low-key, open house. Meet on-air reporters and producers working on focus areas including women, prisons, globalization, the environment, and labor movements and let them know the kinds of topics you would like to see covered in the coming year. Leaders from Reach And Teach, the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Peace Action San Mateo, and Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice will also be on hand to share their plans for 2013 and beyond. Internationally renown and wanted in several states, Folk This will lead us in folk-songs both radical and silly. There will be great food and interesting people (if you show up) and a chance to kickstart 2013 away from the center and straight (or gaily) to the left.

Join us on Saturday January 12th from 2pm to 5pm (music somewhere in the middle) at 178 South Blvd. (@16th Avenue) in San Mateo. Call 650-759-3784 if you need more info. Plenty of free parking on the street. If you plan to join us please RSVP by email or via Facebook at but even if you don't RSVP, just come! There will be opportunities to support the hosting organizations and performers (buckets and boxes but no begging).     


On Saturday January 19th from 10am to 4:30pm Reach And Teach will be at the BAEER Fair at the Marin Civic Center, with over 70 resources and numerous workshops for educators and parents with a special interest in wildlife, ecology, adventure and much more. Discover the latest in classroom materials, environmental education programs, and field trip sites. Join in the fun and attend workshops introducing conservation and wildlife education, school gardens, and strategies for fostering environmental awareness! The event is specially designed for teachers, community educators, students, families, and all concerned about the environment we share.

We'll be there along with our friends from Youth Community Service who will be leading one of the workshops using lessons from their fantastic new curriculum (click here to see their fantastic new curriculum.... did we mention that it was fantastic???).

Orion Children's Book Authors and Illustrators Festival Saturday February 2nd

Meet some of your favorite children's book authors and illustrators at this fun and free event on Saturday February 2nd from 10am to 3:30pm at the Orion Alternative School in Redwood City (click here for address and other information). Reach And Teach will be on hand with books from these amazing authors and illustrators: Elisa Kleven, Sue Fleiss, Ashley Wolff, Dave Keane, Jeri Chase Ferris, and Joanne Rocklin. The authors and illustrators will give presentations, meet fans, and sign books. In addition to meeting the authors and illustrators you'll get to see the incredible gift the students at Orion create for the love of reading, illustrating gigantic and beautiful posters / artwork representing each author and illustrator's work.

That's all the news from Reach And Teach for January 2013. We're grateful to all of our partners in peacemaking for making 2012 a good year and we hope you will keep tagging along with us in the year and years to come. And finally.... if you're feeling the love and want to share it, please forward this message to a friend, colleague, parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, that person you met at a cocktail party who said something about someone that made you think that maybe she'd be interested in Reach And Teach. Click here to forward a link to this message to a friend, or two, or three......

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