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Seeing is the Seed: Writing at the Arboretum Invest in yourself – four Sunday morning meetings at the Arboretum over four months equals eight hours of writing support, instruction, and community. This is for you --- no matter if you are writing, meaning to write, curious about writing, blogging, telling stories (especially yours) --- so, join us beginning Sunday, March 30, 2014 from ten until noon at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden for what might just be the beginning of the rest of your life. — Why do we say this? — Because of what the poet Mary Oliver writes: ― The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power or time. Here’s the plan: There will be specific areas of discussion for each meeting, along with plenty of time for participants to discuss their interests and challenges with their own work or planned work. The emphasis is on nonfiction writing but as I can tell you, these techniques are also applicable in

AHS theatre arts instructor Steven Volpe takes students’ talents to new heights By Shel Segal

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a broad sense to writing fiction. (There are common elements to all types of writing.) Our reading suggestions are just that – suggestions. You can still profit from the workshop if you don’t have time to read. You’ll notice these meetings will not address CONTENT of what your are writing or want to write – if you want to write about fracking, aloes, Dutch elm disease, acidification and marine biology, tornadoes, Morocco, Yosemite, your grandmother’s ha-mantashen, or your grandfather’s Navajo silver belt buckle, these workshops are for you. Paula Panich is a Los Angeles-based food and garden writer who has contrib-

uted to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Gastronomica and other publications. She is author of Cultivating Words: The Guide to Writing about the Plants and Gardens You Love, and other books. Her latest, The Cook, the Landlord, the Countess and Her Lover, is a collection of memoir-ish culinary essays. 4 Sundays, March 30, April 27, May 18 & June 29, 2014 10 am – 12:00 pm Oak Room Paula Panich, instructor $30 members / $35 non-members each session (includes Arboretum admission) Please call the Arboretum Class Registration Line at 626.821.4623 Pre-registration preferred!

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The performing arts program at Arcadia High School has been growing the past several years. And Steven Volpe, instructor for the department, said that’s by design. Volpe said the classes are quite popular. And they’re getting quite competitive. “I started off with a couple of classes and have been building it from there,” said Volpe, who has been teaching these classes for seven years at the high school. “I have three different theater classes – beginning, intermediate and advanced – so freshman, naturally, are the beginners. They have to audition for intermediate and advanced. It created a sense of commitment that ‘I’ve worked to get here’ instead of just being placed by the counselor.” The classes are so competitive that they’re now starting to win awards. “Our advanced class we go to competitions in addition to doing main stage productions,” he said. “We’ve done really well in the past. We’ve done a competition at Disneyland and won first place. We’ve done theater competitions in Los Angeles and gotten first place, beating out all the performing arts schools in L.A., which is really great. Last year, we were invited to perform at the Pantages Theater for the

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National High School Theater Awards. ” There’s also a fall festival and a Shakespeare Festival in the spring, Volpe said. “This is so they get a variety of different experiences,” he said. Volpe said studying theater now will help these students in the future when they’re looking for a job. “Theater is life,” he said. “It’s one of the only performing arts classes that are transferable to any career you get into. You have to speak in front of people. You have to work in groups. Working in theater you’re also learning history. You have to understand the play in its world and historical context.” Volpe added the theater is much more difficult than

many give it credit. “It’s a higher level of learning,” he said. “Most people think that the theater is very easy and that anybody can do it. They don’t realize that it is very technical. Your body is your instrument. You’re using your body perform on stage. And everything that they learn in theater they’re learning in their classes.” In addition, Volpe said the skills can take these students anywhere. “We have various students who will actually major in theater in college,” he said. “Other students are taking it for the skills that they learn here.” (Shel Segal can be reached at

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