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Apr 1 Big Love Festival 2017: Bounce Beyond You're invited to the 4th annual Big Love Festival! Complete details surrounding this year's festival are listed below. Big Love Festival 2017: Bounce Beyond • April 1 • 10 am - 10 pm • $5 Suggested Donation at the door • The Well Community Development Corporation (Old First-Presbyterian Church) • Art • Community • Music • Local Food & Craft Vendors • Healing Practitioners • Silent Disco with Local DJs • Workshops • Panel Discussions • Kids Activities • Zero Waste Focused • Big LOVE! The Big Love Festival is a transformational placemaking festival for and by the people of Akron, aimed at highlighting artists, healing practitioners, organizations, and small businesses, all while fostering leadership and authentic collaboration as we seek to build agape and compassion. This year's theme, Bounce Beyond, focuses on the resources we have in our community, how we can support one another & heal our city with what we already have, & how we can build a city of refuge. • Parking & Transportation Information: • Summa Health's South Parking Deck - 55 Arch Street ($5.75 for all day parking) • Limited Free Parking: Family of Faith United Methodist Church (800 E. Market St.), old bank building behind Circle K on Buchtel Ave, old nursing home across from Family of Faith UMC • Handicap & Elderly at The Well CDC • Grab a bike from Summit Cycling Center (200 S. Main St. & ride a bike to the festival! • Ride the Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for free with a flyer or picture of the event flyer! • Food Vendors: Ms. Julie's Kitchen The Square Scullery Compass Coffee The Western Fruit Basket Mo Bites • Beer & Spirits: R.Shea Brewing Watershed Distillery • Reverse Osmosis Water & free bananas so graciously donated by Mustard Seed Market & Cafe • Craft & Market Vendors GypsyGrace and The VintageGoat Akron Henna Art Apotheclaire Afrika Origins Canton Gypsy Market Sage & Roots Cable Creations The Hideaway Studio and Herbal Gift Shop Ewanger Designs Simone's Creations: Everything Pocket Mega Babe Witter James Rockstar Rock Shop Lightworks Publishing, Inc. Rubber City Tales • Schedules <3 Main Stage hosted by MC Ace: 10 - 10:15: Opening ceremony 10:30 - 10:45: MC Ace 11 - 11:45: Gretchen Pleuss 11:45 - Noon: Kids Parachute Activity with Amy Breedon 12 - 12:45 pm: A-MINUS 12:45 - 1: Kids Theater Activity with Kyle Josza & Nici Romo of Wandering Aesthetics 1 - 1:30: JT Buck 2 - 2:45: Theron Brown Trio 3 - 3:45: Druk Fusion Band 4:15 - 5: Ray Flanagan & The Authorities 5:15 - 6:15: Bounce Beyond Panel Board Discussion 6:15 - 6:30: Firefly Parade 7 - 7:45: Umojah Nation 8:15 - 9:15: Zach & the Bright Lights 9:30 - 10:30: The Admirables 10:45 - 11: Closing Ceremony <3 Grassroots Stage Hosted by MC Nicole Mullet: 10:15 - 11: "The Non-visable Scars of Wellness" Workshop with Denny Wilson of F I Community Housing of Summit County 11:15 - 12: Poetry In Akron (Jessica Kaisk, Steve Brightman, Theresa Göttl Brightman, and Jennifer Cline) 1215 - 1: Caring Economy Panel Discussion 1:15 - 2: "Life at 12" Workshop with Jennifer Toles of Akron Organizing Collaborative 2:15 - 3: Angie Haze 3:15 - 4: Design of Displacement Panel Discussion 4:15 - 5: "Showing Up for Racial Justice" Workshop with SURJ NEO - Showing Up for Racial Justice Northeast Ohio 5:15 - 6: Kudzanai Munodawafa 6:15 - 7: African connection 7:15 - 8: Eriq Troi Music <3 Campfire Room (Sponsored by DJ Naeno): 10 - 5: Storytelling Circles with Wandering Aesthetics & Chris Miller Silent Disco DJ Sets (All Equipment Provided - Silent Storm): 6:30 - 8: DJ Kevin Richards • DJ Chaka • Disco P 8:30 - 10: Moonhawk • BAT • Forrest Getemgump <3 Rooted Space Healing Practitioners (sponsored by Body Karma Healing): 12 - 1: Samantha Grace, Reiki • Jeremy Daniel Schwager, Reiki • Jimmie Bowman, Reiki & Thai Massage 1 - 2: Katrina Valenti, Reiki • Brett Drummond, Massage • Jeffrey Zayda, Massage • 2 - 3: DeBorah Anne, Thai Yoga Massage • Brett Drummond, Massage • Michael Shaffer, Reiki 3 - 4: DeBorah Anne, Thai Yoga Massage • Melissa Sunwater, Pranic & Sound Healing • Ash Palmer, Chiros Energy Healing 4 - 6 pm: Warren Grossman, Nature-based Energy Healing • Luella Wertz, Massage & Reiki • Chelsea Blackerby, Thai Massage & Yoga Nidra 6 - 7: Ashley Suzelis, Reiki & Acupressure • Zen Jah, Reiki • Karen Scott, Yoga Nidra • 7 - 8: Ashley Suzelis, Reiki & Acupressure • Mary Robbins, Emotion Code • Rachel Basham, Reiki Additional Practitioners: Jennifer Shope & Kaitlin Jaekle <3 Rooted Space Healing Classes & Workshops: 11 - 11:40 am: Crystal Singing Bowls Sound Vibrational Healing • Rebekah Roling Benner (Terra Amma Spiritual Center) with Rachel Basham Noon - 12:40: Quero Indian Ceremony • Jeffrey Zayda (Massage and Yoga Healing Arts) 1 - 1:40: Elevate Your Spirit to Serve • Tracy Rhinehart & Kevin James Karas (Elevate Akron) 2 - 2:40: Mindfulness for Your Health • Andy Davis, MSEd, LPCC-S Signature Psychiatry Associates 3 - 3:40: Wise Self: An Exploration of Hypnotic Induction • Kevin Becnel, Holistic Psychotherapist (A Mindful Path) 4 - 4:40: Meditation with Energy & Partner Soul-Based Healing • Eden Pratt Kozlowski (Just Be Meditation) 5 - 5:40: Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing • Betsy Black, AHA 6 - 6:40: Yi Jin Jing Fountain of Youth QiGong • Travis Lee (The House of Kung Fu) 8 - 8:40: Chai Love • Jeffrey Scott Boardley (Yoga Central / Core Essentials Pilates and Yoga Studio) <3 Homesteading Workshops (Sponsored by Summit Food Coalition): 12 - 12:45: Garden Planning and Seed Starting with Barb Myers, The Island Community Gardens 1 - 1:45: Dudes Can Eat Healthy Too with Greg Milo, Working Class Vegan Man 2 - 2:45: Canning and Preserving Your Harvest with Jan Green, Let's Grow Akron 3 - 3:45: Permaculture 101 with Steve Larson, The Big Love Network Director of Permaculture <3 Kids Space Activities: 9 - 9:30 am: Open Dance Party 9:30 - 10:15: Open Craft & Play 10:30 - 11: Mindfulness Jar with Lisa Meranti of Zenworks Yoga 11 - 11:30: Tree Love with Lisa Meranti of One Tree Love 11:45 - Noon: Parachute Game with Amy Breedon (Main Stage) Noon - 12:45 pm: Storytime with Amy Breedon 12:45 - 1: "Let's Play! unMASKed" with Kyle Jozsa & Nici Romo of Wandering Aesthetics (Main Stage) 1 - 1:30: Kids and Family Rainbow Yoga with Kristie Nicole Leahy of Yoga Summit 1:30 - 2: Rainbow Body Craft 2 - 2:30: Improv with Deandrè Hakeem Mussèlli of Ma'Sue Productions 2:30 - 3:15: Open Snack Bar 3:15 - 4: Puppet Show from Krsnaa Fitch 4 - 6:15: Open Craft & Play • Zero Waste Efforts led by Steve Larson (Sponsored by Apotheclaire) • Non-profit Organizations: Spring Garden Waldorf School Global Ties Akron Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio Summit Reworks Akron Organizing Collaborative, Stop The Violence Akron Movement, Rape Advocates of Color 1000 Faces Rock Mill Climbing Homeless HomeOwner Akron Kent Norml Nazareth Housing Development Corporation South Street Ministries Akron Zoo The "Akron Sound" Museum Radio Free Akron The Summit NEOhio Spirit of the Earth Circle Whno Akron The Island Community Gardens • Big, big love to our sponsors, partners, & supporters in our community & beyond, especially to: The Well Community Development Corporation • Knight Foundation • Global Ties Akron • The Akronist • The Summit • City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office • Body Karma Healing • Akron Peace Project • Rooted Akron • Elevate Akron • R.Shea Brewing • Akron League of Creative Interventionists • Wandering Aesthetics • Ma'Sue Productions • Radio Free Akron • The W.O.M.B. • Rock and Recovery • Neighborhood Network • Silent Storm • Kid Jam • Compass Coffee • Mustard Seed Market & Cafe • Ms. Julie's Kitchen • Lovers and Trees • Summit Food Coalition • Clear Gold Audio & Lighting • Watershed Distillery • Apotheclaire • • We are still in need of volunteers & buskers for this year's festival! Please fill out this form if you would like to help! Volunteers: https://www.cognitoforms.com/TheBigLoveNetwork1/BigLoveFest2017VolunteerOpportunities Big Love Festival 2017: Bounce Beyond is a collaboration between core team members Eliza Beth Vild, Zach Freidhof, Francisca B. Ugalde Z., Kelly McHood, Caitlin Boyle, & David Swirsky as well as our amazing coordinator team of Kristie Nicole Leahy, Katrina Valenti, Ashleigh Vale, Don Fulmer, Marissa Little, Keith Allison, Bekey Hewit, Josh Estafen, Steve Larson, Kyle Jozsa, Rosilyn Jentner Cicora, Dorrie Shambo, Kara Ulmer, Nici Romo, Chris Miller, Benjamin Rexroad, Caryn Steerman, Anne Trahey, Amy Breedon, and dozens and dozens and dozens of community members that volunteer their time to be of service! Thank YOU! <3 Apr 2 Sunday Morning Yoga - $5 Join us at Royal Docks Brewing Co. this Sunday for yoga! $5.oo/person (20% off food after yoga) There is no pre-book required for this series of yoga classes. We will be on site every Sunday from 11:30 - 12:30 for all level yoga! Attendees receive 20% off lunch order, so join us afterward and support this great venue! Apr 9 Sunday Morning Yoga - $5 Join us at Royal Docks Brewing Co. this Sunday for yoga! $5.oo/person (20% off food after yoga) There is no pre-book required for this series of yoga classes. We will be on site every Sunday from 11:30 - 12:30 for all level yoga! Attendees receive 20% off lunch order, so join us afterward and support this great venue! Apr 16 Sunday Morning Yoga - $5 Join us at Royal Docks Brewing Co. this Sunday for yoga! $5.oo/person (20% off food after yoga) There is no pre-book required for this series of yoga classes. We will be on site every Sunday from 11:30 - 12:30 for all level yoga! Attendees receive 20% off lunch order, so join us afterward and support this great venue! Apr 22 LIVE MUSIC - Everything Must Go Everything Must Go - Cleveland is returning to Canton at Royal Docks! EMG is a Cleveland, Ohio based rock band currently performing in live music venues across Northeast Ohio as well as for corporate events delivering its own unique brand of party rock music from the 70's, 80's, 90's and more. Material covers a wide range from Bad Company, Cheap Trick, Journey, Foreigner,and the Doobie Brothers through to Poison, 3 Doors Down, Goo Goo Dolls and the Foo Fighters along with those awesome one hit wonders you will remember. EMG is focused on delivering not only a great show but also bringing a crowd who like to take their fun to the dance floor and shake it all night long! #LiveMusic #RoyalDocksBrewing #DrinkCantonBeer