Stop Stigma Sacramento

Alan is also among 55 members of the Speakers’ Bureau from Stop Stigma Sacramento, of which all individuals share their personal stories of living with mental illness.  He frequently speaks at schools, government agencies, and other entities that invite Stigma speakers.

2019 Activities

January 2019      

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January 26      SacTown VegFest  at McClellan Conference Center

10 am-4pm        Mindful Media & Music Making

Special activities, including music-making, at the Mindful Media booth! Festival tickets are $4 early bird and $5 at the door; $2.50 early bird for seniors and children $4 at the door. Kindergarten and younger are free.


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March 13     Sacramento Adventure Playground

12pm            Rocks & Minerals–Get Outside and Hunt!

Introduction to the rock-collecting hobby, including basic understanding of geology, stories of collecting and ways to enjoy rocks and gems.  (Session offered to home-schoolers previously registered.)

 

March 20         Anderson Elementary School, Dixon, California

8:30am-11:45am     Musical Fun with Kindergarten and TK Classes

Alan will bring a variety of musical instruments, share the physics of music, sing songs with the students and tell a story or two.

 

March 21     Southgate Library

3:30pm          Preschool Story Time

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

 

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April 3          Rancho Cordova Library

10:30am         Preschool Story Time

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

 

April 13       Walnut Grove Library, Sacramento County

2:00pm-4:00pm    Walnut Grove Library’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

Alan hosts a music jam with the musicians that met regularly at the Library while he was the supervisor, 2007-2013.

 

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May 10-12    Whole Earth Festival, Davis, California

Friday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Come visit our booth at the Whole Earth Festival in Davis, California.  Play music with us and take a comb kazoo home.  We’ll be sharing research on why electronic screens should be minimized with children.  (The time for Alan’s workshop on Screen-time is still to be determined.)

 

May 15     North Highlands Library, Sacramento County

10:30am     Jug Band Music

Join us at the North Highlands-Antelope Library for a free, fun program for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We’ll share Jug Band Music in which everyone gets to play!

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June 14     Isleton Library, Sacramento County

6:00pm   Rocks Everywhere:  Make a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace (Adults)

“Rock-hunting?  Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.  Mindful Media’s most popular program 2016-18.  Expect this program to last 90 minutes.  All supplies included.  Space may be limited.  Please check with Isleton Library.

“Alan and Nancy’s program on jewelry making with natural stones was a hit.  Not only did Nancy present how to make beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry, Alan gave a wonderful presentation about Geology and brought in many examples to tempt anyone to go outside and explore.  Our patrons loved it!”
-Berta Goegel, Branch Supervisor, Carmichael Library

June 15    Sacramento Adventure Playground

11am-4pm  Crafts and Science Day

Enjoy specialized craft projects and fun science activities for all ages. Advance registration is not required.  Alan & Nancy will be doing demonstrations of “The Science of Music” for participants.   Suggested donation of $5 per crafter/scientist

 

June 20     Isleton Library, Sacramento County

3:30pm   Rocks Everywhere:  Make a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace (Teens)

“Rock-hunting?  Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.  Mindful Media’s most popular program 2016-18.  Expect this program to last 90 minutes.  All supplies included.  Space may be limited.  Please check with Martin Luther King Library.

 

June 23     Crocker Art Museum

10am-2pm   All Aboard! Free Community Festival

Families are invited to celebrate the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary with live music and dance performances, storytelling, and hands-on activities that honor the people and cultures who helped build and shape the West we live in today.  Join Mindful Media for the 150th anniversary celebration of the completion of the Continental Railroad.  We’ll be sharing music and tips for managing screen-time.  FREE FOR EVERYONE

 

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July 2     Galt Library, Sacramento County

5:30pm   Rocks Everywhere  (Family Program)

“Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby.  Attendees will handle Coprulite and learn to identify common rocks. Children will take home a “pet rock”.
July 16     Berkeley Public Library – North Branch
6:00pm   Rocks Everywhere:  Make a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace (Teens/Adults)
“Rock-hunting?  Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rockhounds, Alan & Nancy Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.  Mindful Media’s most popular program 2016-18.  Expect this program to last 90 minutes.  All supplies included.  Space may be limited.  Please check with Berkeley Public Library–North Branch.

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August 28     Rancho Cordova Library, Sacramento County

10:30 am      Musical Preschool Story-time

Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

 

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October  2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ********************************************************************************************************************************
October 12     Sacramento Adventure Playground
11am-4pm     Community Fun Day
Join Mindful Media for an all-ages Community Fun Day at Maple Neighborhood Center! Sacramento Adventure Playground, La Familia Counseling Center, Inc., Powerhouse Science Center, 916 Ink, and the Crocker Art Museum are partnering for a day of “free play” with science, technology, art, engineering, creativity, and, most of all fun. Music, scavenger hunts, fort building, hands-on art projects, word games, mud play, tree climbing, the Crocker’s Art Ark, poetry-making, imaginative play, resource booths, food, and more!        Location: Maple Neighborhood Center,  3301 37th Ave, Sacramento. Corner of Franklin Blvd and 37th Ave, just south of Fruitridge Rd.
2018 Performances

2018 Performances

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January 11       Galt Library

10am       Preschool Storytime

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

January 13      California Kindergarten Association Conference

1:45pm-3:00pm   Rescuing Young Minds From Electronic Screens

Children spend eight hours per day with electronic screens!  The sheer volume of time spent in front of screens supplants opportunities for children to grow, learn, explore, and create.  Candee will share how unstructured play, music, exercise and engagement with children’s environments benefit children.

 

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February 10     Georgetown Library

1:00 pm     Adult Program:  Rescuing Children From Their Electronic Screens

Adult conversation about the need to minimize children’s exposure to electronic screens.  Content, physiological dangers and cognitive impairment from a stolen childhood are discussed.

 

February 28    Contra Costa Library, Danville Branch

3:30 pm     School-age program:  A Musical Journey Through American History

Sing along with familiar songs you didn’t know were hundreds of years old, and learn the history behind them. Kindergartners and first graders will sing, laugh, and learn!

 

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March 7     Northside School, Cool, California

6:00pm-8:00pm     Northside Family Night

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with reading games and activities.  We will have our “wrench-a-phone”, comb kazoos, musical bottles, percussive spoons, and information for parents on limiting screen-time.

 

March 8       Galt Library

10:00 am      Preschool Story-time

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

 

March 10      Sacramento Adventure Playground

11:00am-4:00pm    Community Day at the Playground

All ages welcome at the playground at the Maple Community Center, 37th Avenue and Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento.  Usually limited to 7-15 year olds, Community Days allow parents and younger siblings to attend.  Wear clothes to get dirty in because there is a mud pit, painting, tree-climbing, and more.  We’ll be making bottle cap musical shakers and providing screen-free information to parents.  The event is free!

 

March 13         Walnut Grove Library

10:00 am      Preschool Story-time

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

 

March 14         Sacramento Adventure Playground (Event for registered home-schoolers)

 12:00 pm         Introduction to Rocks & Minerals

Students will learn different ways to identify and classify rocks, handle a variety of stones–including “coprulate” (Look it up!),  Some may be inspired to carry the rock-hunting bug with them as a lifetime hobby.

 

March 18        Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

 2:00 pm          Screen-Time Savvy  (Art of Parenting Series)

Children spend eight hours per day with electronic screens!  The sheer volume of time spent in front of screens supplants opportunities for children to grow, learn, exlpore, and create.  Candee will share how unstructured play, music, exercise and engagement with children’s environments benefit children. (Register online with the Crocker Art Museum for this FREE program.  Children ages 4-10 can participate in a FREE art experience concurrently.  Snacks provided.)

 

March 21         Anderson Elementary School, Dixon, California

8:30am-11:45am     Musical Fun with Kindergarten and TK Classes

Alan will bring a variety of musical instruments, share the physics of music, sing songs with the students and tell a story or two.

 

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April 19     Galt Library

10am       Preschool Storytime

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

 

April 30-May 6    National Screen-Free Week

 

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May 18     Carriage Elementary School, Citrus Heights

1:30pm      Rocks and Minerals From Around the World                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby.  Kids will handle Coprulite and learn to identify some common rocks. Children will take home a “pet rock”.

 

May 25     Carriage Elementary School, Citrus Heights

1:30pm         Days of Gold                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Re-live and experience history through the eyes of the most successful gold rush musician:  John Stone.  View demonstrations of musical instruments derived from simple, portable, commonplace items found in a forty-niner’s knapsack.  Children will sing along and learn to play and take home a comb kazoo.  Alan Candee reprises the role of John Stone, a.k.a.”Old Put”, as he performed it at the World Gold-panning Championships in 2016.  The science of music is also briefly presented in this performance.

 

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June 6     Courtland Library, Sacramento County

11:00am     Music is Everywhere (School-age)

This science-of-music program allows children to use musical instruments to discover how sounds are produced.  Make and take a comb-kazoo and a percussion instrument from everyday materials.  (Space may be limited.  Check with Courtland Library.)
  
“The program was exactly what we were looking for at the Placerville Library.  We wanted the kids to engage in the Science of Sound and why instruments make the sounds they do.  Alan did a fantastic job demonstrating sound and gave the kids plenty of time to experiment themselves!”  -Christina Roseli, Early Childhood Literacy Specialist, El Dorado County Library

June 14    Mary Stephens Library, Davis, California

2:00pm     Days of Gold                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Re-live and experience history through the eyes of the most successful gold rush musician:  John Stone.  View demonstrations of musical instruments derived from simple, portable, commonplace items found in a forty-niner’s knapsack.  Children will sing along and learn to play and take home a comb kazoo.  Alan Candee reprises the role of John Stone, a.k.a.”Old Put”, as he performed it at the World Gold-panning Championships in 2016.  The science of music is also briefly presented in this performance.

 

June 18    Cameron Park Library, El Dorado County 

2:00pm      Rocks Everywhere: Make a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace (Teens)

“Rock-hunting?  Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.  Program lasts 60-90 minutes.  All supplies included.  (Limit: 20 participants)

June 22     Courtland Library, Sacramento County

10:30am    Rocks Everywhere:  Make a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace (Adults)

“Rock-hunting?  Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.  Mindful Media’s most popular program in 2016 and 2017.  Expect this program to last 90 minutes.  All supplies included.  Space may be limited.  Please check with Courtland Library.

“Alan and Nancy’s program on jewelry making with natural stones was a hit.  Not only did Nancy present how to make beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry, Alan gave a wonderful presentation about Geology and brought in many examples to tempt anyone to go outside and explore.  Our patrons loved it!”
-Berta Goegel, Branch Supervisor, Carmichael Library

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July 3     Placerville Library, El Dorado County

11:00am    Make It and Shake It!  (school-age)

Children will create musical percussion instruments to take home.  Children will perform call and response pieces, and feature individual groups of instruments as well as ensemble playing together. Instruments will include drums, tambourines, rain sticks, and maracas.  Solo opportunities will be encouraged.

 

July 13     Courtland Library, Sacramento County

2:00 pm    Rocks Everywhere: Make a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace  (Teens)

“Rock-hunting?  Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.  Mindful Media’s most popular program in 2016 and 2017.  Expect this program to last 90 minutes.  All supplies included. (Space may be limited.  Please check with Courtland Library)
“Alan and Nancy’s program on jewelry making with natural stones was a hit.  Not only did Nancy present how to make beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry, Alan gave a wonderful presentation about Geology and brought in many examples to tempt anyone to go outside and explore.  Our patrons loved it!”
-Berta Goegel, Branch Supervisor, Carmichael Library

 

July 15        St. Joseph Catholic Church, Auburn, CA (adults, with Spanish language interpreter)

1:45-2:45pm     Managing Electronic Screens at Home          

Children exposed to unlimited amounts of video games, television, movies, and computer screens are more likely to exhibit symptoms of ADD, obesity, diabetes, nearsightedness, poor social skills, and limited academic performance. Learn simple tips to eliminate battles, put parents in control, and promote quality family time. Mindful Media Management’s Alan Candee provides insights.

 

July 17         Solano County Library, Vacaville Town Square

6:30 pm      Design and Create a Gemstone Wire-Wrap Necklace 

Adult Program (age 16 and up) “Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rock-hound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace. (Registration required)

 

July 18      Colonial Heights Library, Sacramento

10:00am-2:00pm  Pop-Up Adventure Play Day

Join us for an extended opportunity to play with cardboard forts, mud play, craft projects, painting, bubbles, chalk art, music and more!  All ages of children are welcome.  (In conjunction with the Sacramento Adventure Playground and Fairytale Town.)

 

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 August 4       Walnut Grove Library,  Sacramento County

10:00 am      Rocks Everywhere:  Making a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace                

“Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.   Program lasts 60-90 minutes. Supplies included.  (Limit: 20 participants)

 

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September  20    North Natomas Library, Sacramento

4:00 pm- 8:00 pm    Pop-Up Adventure Play Day

Join us for an extended opportunity to play with cardboard forts, mud play, craft projects, painting, bubbles, chalk art, music and more!  All ages of children are welcome.  (In conjunction with the Sacramento Adventure Playground and Fairytale Town.)

 

September  22    South Natomas Library, Sacramento

10:00 am- 2:00 pm    Pop-Up Adventure Play Day

Join us for an extended opportunity to play with cardboard forts, mud play, craft projects, painting, bubbles, chalk art, music and more!  All ages of children are welcome.  (In conjunction with the Sacramento Adventure Playground and Fairytale Town.)

  

September  28    McKinley Library, Sacramento

3:30 pm- 7:30 pm    Pop-Up Adventure Play Day

Join us for an extended opportunity to play with cardboard forts, mud play, craft projects, painting, bubbles, chalk art, music and more!  All ages of children are welcome.  (In conjunction with the Sacramento Adventure Playground and Fairytale Town.)

 

September 28-29   Fairytale Town, Sacramento

10:00 am-4:00 pm    Scholar Share Book Festival

Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Fairytale Town Saturday and Sunday, and special activities, including music-making, at the Mindful Media booth!

    

 October  2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ************************************************************************************************************************************  October 3       Sacramento Adventure Playground (Event for registered home-schoolers)

 12:00 pm         The Science of Music

Learn how musical sounds are made with a variety of instruments.  How do vibrations make musical sounds?  Make and take home a comb-kazoo and a percussion instrument from everyday materials.  Learn ways your body can make music without any external instrument.

Consuming Kids-A “Must-See”Video

Consuming Kids-A “Must-See”Video

I recently watched a riveting video titled “Consuming Kids – The Commercialization of Childhood”.   I highly recommend this video, released in 2008 by the Media Education Foundation.

It is available in U-Tube format.  Click on the links below for the main video (67 minutes), and an excellent extra section titled “What Parents Can Do” (9:34 min)

Consuming Kids- The Commercialization of Childhood

 

What Parents Can Do

Rediscover Nature

Rediscover Nature

Between 1995 to 2015, I noticed a dramatic change in what children claim to be their favorite activities. Children used to routinely share activities such as bicycling, swimming and street games with their friends. With children’s time so dominated by screens today, almost all of their activities involve screen media. And if children only interact with electronic screens, who will be left to live in the real world?  Please watch  Rediscover Nature