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Deepening the Characters We Create: A Writing Workshop


Lisa DoctorWeek of September 25-30, 2011

Lisa Doctor

The characters we create can and will evolve from caricatures into real people if we allow them to speak in their own voices without interference. But how do our characters turn into dynamic beings? How do they find their own truths?

Through a series of writing exercises and discussion, we will create the profile of a character and then allow him or her to answer challenging questions designed to reveal hidden truths. Each prompt will be chosen specifically for the character; no two characters will receive the same questions. As the week progresses, these emerging people will open up about that which haunts and thrills them. They will explore their personal histories, their concerns about aging, their longings, disappointments, and uncertainties. We will ask them to speak freely about old wounds and their compassion for others. They will tell us what used to be important to them but no longer is. By the end of the week the character each writer has created will have begun to emerge into a separate being with an authentic voice and a distinct identity.

This workshop is designed for writers of every level, including beginners, who are seeking a group writing experience in a safe and nurturing environment. The method used is particularly effective for those wishing to begin or are in the midst of writing a novel, memoir, short story, screenplay, or stage play, where a richly drawn character takes center stage.

Reservations Information (Accommodations & Pricing)

www.Esalen.org

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WPN Meeting – 5/2/11


Our very special guest speaker is Wendy Greuel. She was sworn in as City Controller of Los Angeles on July 1, 2009, the second woman to be elected to a citywide office in the City’s history.

Wendy brings to the Controller’s Office a unique combination of government, business and community leadership experience. Wendy is a lifelong Angeleno, who was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and attended UCLA. Upon graduation, Wendy learned how to make things work for people at City Hall in the office of Mayor Bradley, where she was the mayor’s liaison to the City Council, City Departments and the community on public policy issues including child care, the homeless, the elderly, and health issues.

In 1993, Wendy served with Cabinet Secretary Henry Cisneros as the Field Operations Officer for Southern California for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she championed projects offering opportunities for homeownership, job creation, economic development, and social services for the less fortunate. She oversaw HUD’s emergency response and recovery programs after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

In 1997, Wendy joined the Corporate Affairs Department of DreamWorks SKG where she worked on the company’s government and community affairs. She coordinated DreamWorks’ legislative and governmental activities at the local, state and national levels.

In 2002, Wendy was elected to the Los Angeles City Council and represented the Second District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley for seven years. As Councilwoman, Wendy worked tirelessly to be an independent voice fighting for the Valley’s fair share of city resources. She focused on reducing traffic in Los Angeles as Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, by banning road construction during rush hour, creating anti-gridlock zones and lobbying Sacramento to ensure construction and completion of a Northbound 405 carpool lane. As Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee, Wendy worked tirelessly to make Los Angeles more business friendly by cutting the City’s business tax by 15%, which returned nearly $100 million to local businesses. Her reforms eliminated the business tax for over 60% of the city’s small businesses and made the tax system more equitable with neighboring jurisdictions. As a member of the Audits and Government Efficiency Committee, Wendy saved taxpayers millions of dollars by consolidating departments, cutting wasteful government spending and identifying fraud and corruption in city government. She has also sought to reduce the influence of money on our political process by banning City Commissioners from fundraising.

As City Controller, Wendy ensures City Hall spends taxpayer dollars wisely and responsibly by identifying and eliminating wasteful spending, exposing fraud and abuse in city government and works to ensure an economic recovery and economic growth.
Wendy believes in doing what is practical, not political, to get the job done and is focused on reforms that make the city more efficient and accountable.

She currently lives in Studio City and is married to Dean Schramm. They have a seven-year old son, Thomas.

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REVLON Run/Walk For Women 2011


JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST
WOMEN’S CANCERS
May 7, 2011

Please join us on May 7th in LA for the 18th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk For Women. Mark your calendars.

revlon

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WPN Meeting – 1/10/11


We have a fabulous and fun New Year Meeting for our members! It will be a Glamour Project for our WPN members courtesy of Evvy Shapero (makeup) and Kara Fox (photography).

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CINDERELLA – LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program


Opening night performance of CINDERELLA, a Modern Musical Extravaganza, ticket sales will benefit LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program. CINDERELLA features a star-studded cast, including Harry Potter’s Freddie Stroma as Prince Charming and Leave it to Beaver’s Jerry Mathers as Baron Hardup. Read more about this red-carpet, VIP experience, which promises to be unique among 2010 holiday productions in Los Angeles for your family to enjoy and experience. Purchase tickets at www.lasbest.org.

Please join us for this VIP opening night performance of CINDERELLA, performed in the style of traditional London pantomime and benefiting LA’s BEST.

A panto is a musical-comedy production derived from an English theatre tradition, typically based on children’s fairytales. Scripts are rewritten every year and include music sourced from current Billboard charts, live magic, tongue in cheek humor and family fun.

The show is produced by Bonnie Lythgoe of So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Lythgoe Family Productions and stars Harry Potter’s Freddie Stroma as Prince Charming and Jerry Mathers, also know as The Beaver, as Baron Hardup.

This red-carpet, VIP experience promises to be unique among 2010 holiday productions in Los Angeles. Please join us by ordering tickets to the show and by telling friends and family about the evening!

Click here for more information and to see additional members of the star-studded CINDERELLA cast.

Tickets: $100 per seat.

Each ticket includes the performance and reception following the show including a meet-and-greet with cast members and a fantasy holiday dessert buffet. Seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis; tickets will be available for pick up at will call the night of the show.

November 27, 2010 7:00 PM

El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA

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WPN Meeting – 12/6/10


Councilwoman Jan Perry will be our speaker at the next meeting!

Whether implementing cutting edge improvements or ensuring delivery of fundamental services, Jan Perry is making a positive change in the lives of her constituents. Now in her third term as Councilwoman of the Ninth District, Perry represents some of the most diverse and vibrant communities in Los Angeles including Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo, and South Los Angeles.

Before Perry began her first term, the basic services available in other Los Angeles neighborhoods were being neglected in parts of her district. Perry’s commitment to change that, along with her untiring efforts in working with public agencies and environmental groups, has resulted in major improvements in the district’s operations and infrastructure. Her success in responding to the district’s needs has been dramatically demonstrated by the increase in trash capture devices, resurfacing of streets, repaving of streets, repair of sidewalks, and the increase in the number of streetlights.

In addition to understanding and meeting the needs of the communities within her district, Perry recognized the special relationship between her constituencies in South Los Angeles and downtown, and she is putting in place the mechanisms that will enable the sectors to benefit each other.

At the groundbreaking for the 27-acre LA Live mega project in downtown, Councilwoman Perry noted the economic benefit of thousands of new jobs. She stated, “These are jobs that are born out of an empty parking lot. So for me, that is the most compelling reason why I pushed to get this project.”

Perry is also involved in planning strategies that will maximize opportunities for development in South Los Angeles and share in downtown’s job opportunities resulting from its increase in housing and entertainment centers.

One of these initiatives is her proposed one-year moratorium on new fast food outlets in South Los Angeles. This measure, together with a grocery store and sit-down restaurant incentive package that she spearheaded, will provide opportunities for new businesses to invest in South Los Angeles. This will help the community to grow in a direction consistent with the desires and best interests of the people that live and work there.

In order to reduce crime, Councilwoman Perry is supporting programs for at risk youth, employment opportunities, and after-school programs that serve as an alternative to gang life. She also is putting into place aggressive crime stopping measures and is working for stronger deployment of LAPD personnel and resources in high crime areas.

Central City East, an area known by many as Skid Row, has been a community that Perry has worked passionately with to improve, outreaching to the homeless, fighting for permanent supportive housing, and working with local agencies to create programs that truly help those in need. Perry has earmarked funds to establish the city’s first year-round Emergency Homeless Shelter Program. She is spearheading integration of vital services for shelter cases in a multi-pronged effort to meet the challenge of homelessness in Central City East and throughout the region.

Perry co-authored and is widely credited with passage of Proposition O to clean Los Angeles water. She has greened her district by reducing blighted property and cleaning brownfields since her first term of office.

The Augustus Hawkins Wetland is one of Perry’s most inspiring initiatives. The nation’s first man-made wetland in a highly urban area is part of Augustus Hawkins Park. Perry initiated the project, and it is due in large measure to her unwavering tenacity that it came to fruition. The project is an ecological wonder in its own right, and it also serves as a demonstration project for Perry’s proposed 9-acre South Los Angeles Wetlands Park that will simultaneously improve water quality and provide much-needed park and recreation space to the South Los Angeles community.

Perry currently chairs the Energy and the Environment Committee; vice-chairs the Information Technology & Government Affairs Committee; Ad Hoc on Economic Recovery & Reinvestment; and Ad Hoc Committee on Recovering Energy, Natural Resources, and Economic Benefit from Waste for LA (RENEW LA) Committee. She is a member of the Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee and Public Safety Committee. She was appointed by the mayor to represent LA as governing board member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and was recently reappointed to serve a third t 4-year term. Perry also serves on the Exposition Light Rail Authority and is Council President Pro Tempore for the Los Angeles City Council.

Perry earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California School of Journalism, cum laude. She received a master’s degree from USC in public administration.

Perry began working in LA city government years before her first term of office in 1991. She soon realized that positive change was possible through service in local government. She kept on caring as she served in a number of civic capacities and eventually became a Councilmember’s chief of staff. Now that she’s in a position to make the greatest difference, she strives to continue providing basic services to people in the most efficient manner possible and makes sure her staff does the same.

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WPN Meeting – 11/1/10


Our very special guest speaker is Wendy Greuel. She is President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council and represents the Second District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. She was sworn into office on April 4, 2002.

A life-long resident of the San Fernando Valley, Wendy has worked tirelessly to be an independent voice fighting for the Valley’s fair share of city resources. Her leadership is inspired by her strong belief that a more responsive government, greater citizen participation, and empowered neighborhoods will improve the quality of life for all residents and create safer communities, a strong local economy and a brighter future for our children.

Wendy believes in doing what is practical, not political, to get the job done and is focused on reforms that make the city more efficient and accountable.

Wendy understands that few problems impact the quality of life in Los Angeles more than traffic. Wendy believes people deserve to spend more time with their families, volunteering at schools and running their businesses than sitting in traffic.

As the new Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, she has already banned road construction during rush hour, created anti-gridlock zones, which reduces traffic during rush hour, and lobbied Sacramento to ensure construction and completion of a North-bound 405 carpool lane. Wendy is determined to get the city’s fair share of transportation dollars from Washington DC and Sacramento; identify funding sources to synchronize all of the city’s traffic lights and install left-hand turn signals at our most congested intersections; ensure that the city uses federally earmarked funds efficiently; and improve coordination between the city’s Planning, Housing, and Transportation departments.

Throughout her career, Wendy has developed a record of accomplishments by solving problems, addressing neighborhood needs and delivering basic city services.

During her last term, Wendy developed the Stolen Vehicle Recovery program, under which parking enforcement officers to have stolen vehicles towed, instead of the LAPD. DOT officers have towed more than 2,000 vehicles which has allowed LAPD officers 2,000 additional hours to respond to more serious crimes. She also created the Office of Public Safety which consolidated the city’s many security forces into one safety unit to better serve our neighborhoods and save money. Wendy also created the 50/50 Sidewalk Program, which has increased the mileage of sidewalks fixed in her district by 20% without spending additional taxpayer dollars.

Since she took office, Wendy has made a priority of fighting to preserve precious remaining open space throughout the San Fernando Valley. She created the sixth largest park in the City of Los Angeles by purchasing 230 acres South of La Tuna Canyon. The Councilwoman also secured passage of the Scenic Preservation Corridor Plan, purchased a passive park adjacent to Big Tujunga wash, fought to permanently preserve 750 acres of open space and prevent any further development in the Verdugo Mountains.

A responsive government also means removing the influence of money in politics, which is why she has worked diligently to ban fundraising and independent expenditures by city commissioners on behalf of politicians and elected officials. As a member of the Audits and Government Efficiency Committee, Wendy has saved taxpayers millions of dollars by cutting wasteful government spending and identifying fraud and corruption in city government.

As a member of the City’s Budget Committee, Wendy is working to make Los Angeles more business friendly. She led the fight to restructure the city’s archaic business tax system to spur economic development and create jobs for Los Angeles’ working families. Her reforms eliminated the business tax for over 60% of the city’s small businesses and made the tax system more equitable with neighboring jurisdictions. These reforms have saved Los Angeles businesses nearly $100 million since their inception.

Wendy’s first experiences with public service began early as Student Body President at Kennedy High School, an internship in Councilman Joel Wachs’ office and an internship in the Office of Mayor Tom Bradley. She continued her commitment to public service while a student at University of California, Los Angeles.

Wendy has a unique combination of government, business and community leadership experience. Upon graduation Wendy learned how to make things work for people at City Hall in the office of Mayor Bradley, where she was the mayor’s liaison to the City Council, City Departments and the community on public policy issues including child care, the homeless, the elderly, and health issues. She was instrumental in the creation of LA’s BEST, the nationally recognized after school program now serving school children in the Second District and throughout the city.

Wendy also understands how to work with Washington and Sacramento to provide resources for, and deliver services to, the Second District. From 1993 to 1997, Wendy worked in the administration of President Bill Clinton. She served with Cabinet Secretary Henry Cisneros as the Field Operations Officer for Southern California for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where she championed projects offering opportunities for homeownership, job creation, economic development, and social services for the less fortunate. She was instrumental in coordinating HUD’s 1994 Northridge earthquake emergency response and recovery programs.

In 1997, Wendy joined the Corporate Affairs Department of DreamWorks SKG where she worked on the company’s government and community affairs. She coordinated DreamWorks’ legislative and governmental activities at the local, state and national levels. Her extensive experience enhanced the company’s commitment to be a community partner and a good corporate citizen.

Wendy is Chair of the City Council’s Transportation Committee; Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee; Member of the Audits and Government Efficiency, Jobs Business Growth and Tax Reform, and Energy and the Environment Committees.

She is married to Dean Schramm and has a five-year old son, Thomas.

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WPN Meeting – 10/11/10


Marilyn S. Jacobs, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst will be speaking on the psychology of pain. Dr. Jacobs is in private practice in Los Angeles, CA with a specialization in the management of patients with chronic pain disorders. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Jacobs was trained as a physician’s assistant and worked for over a decade in clinical medicine prior to becoming a clinical psychologist. Dr. Jacobs has been a member of the Board of Directors of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Psychoanalysis and of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles.

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Atelier Concert – 10/3/10


Art & Music Support Network presents

Tamir Hendelman: Solo Piano

Sunday October 3, 1-4 PM

We have the singular pleasure and honor of presenting, again, a man we love as a person and as an artist: Tamir Hendelman.

He’s worked recently with Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Jeff Hamilton, Graham Dechter, and Patrick Williams.

Tamir’s latest, just-released CD, Destinations has rocketed up the jazz charts and is officially the #1 jazz record in the country this week. His debut album, Playground, did the same thing, stopping at #3, about a year ago.

Seeing him solo is like sitting at the feet of great pianists from the past 100 years and getting a little treasure from each of them. He is a tremendous channel for the power of music.

Seating is limited, please act quickly when you get these invitations; tickets will sell out.

As always, a piece of sculpture from Tanya Ragir Studios will be raffled to benefit Upward Bound House: this time there will be nine lucky winners!

Remember, even if you are unable to attend the concert, you may still purchase raffle tickets to support Upward Bound House.

Please come join us for wonderful food, adult beverages, companionship, and incomparable music.

Please go to www.artandmusicsupportnetwork.org to find out more and reserve your ticket.

We look forward to seeing you here.

Brick Work
Limited Edition 2009
9 Cast Resin pieces
2 1/2 in x 3 in

When: Sunday, October 3 2010 1:00pm
Where: The Atelier—Mar Vista, CA (all details and particulars will be sent to you when you buy your ticket)
Tickets: $50
Raffle Tickets: $25
All contributions are fully tax deductible

more about
UPWARD BOUND HOUSE

Eliminating homelessness among families with children in Los Angeles by providing housing, supportive services, and advocacy.

Family Place
* 21 units of transitional housing, serving 45 families a year.
* Mandatory case management, savings, education, and counseling.
* 95% success rate of families achieving permanent housing.

Family Shelter
*18 units of emergency housing, serving 72 families a year.
* Intensive case management, stabilization services.
* The only emergency shelter that keeps families intact.

Family Homelessness
* 10,100 children are homeless on any given night in Los Angeles.
* 7,998 of these children are living in places “unfit for human habitation.”
* Families with children are the fastest growing segment of homeless.
* 1,000+ individuals have been helped by Family Place.
* 600+ children have graduated from UBH into their own homes.
* 95% success rate of UBH helping families achieve and retain housing!

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Friends of Wellness Annual Luncheon


The Friends of Wellness is a group of individuals dedicated to using their leadership, planning, and community networking skills, in an environment of friendship, to promote the fundraising activities of and to enhance community awareness about the free programs and services provided by TWC-WLA for people affected by cancer.

We would like to invite you to our Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the Skirball Cultural Center.

For more information, please take a look at the brochure and registration.

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Mission Statement

The Women’s Professional Network (WPN) was formed by Adrian Grant, an established Los Angeles Realtor and philanthropist, to build a network and community of successful and like-minded dynamic women. Together with her co-chairs, WPN has grown from a small gathering to a vibrant dedicated group of women from professions including medical, mental health, art, finance, and law.


The mission for WPN is to foster, enlighten, and educate women who want to expand their professional services as well as charitable services by offering their time and financial assistance to the larger community. One of the goals of WPN is to expand the support and growth of women through chapters around the country and world because we believe in being mindful of our role(s) in society and the many contributions we make. Madeleine Albright said it best - "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."


WPN meets on the first Monday of each month at a private home providing dinner and a topical presentation. Feel free to browse our website for WPN meeting information and calendar of exciting events.