December 15, 2011 — It’s your turn!  Plus, a special treat

To open our program, Thea Gavin will present “The Brilliant North Rim: Poems and Images from a Barefoot Artist-in Residence.” Thea was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon's North Rim by the National Park Service and spent three weeks there in June. Not just a poetry reading or slide show, "The Brilliant North Rim" combines spoken word, written word, and photos in a vivid, accessible, and sometimes funny presentation of what Thea found compelling during her miles of wandering North Rim and Inner Canyon trails—barefoot.

Thea Gavin is a native of Orange, CA, where she still lives and hikes and writes, usually barefoot. An active CNPS member, Thea has been a volunteer naturalist with local land conservancies since 2004, and has been leading creative writing hikes for the last several years to help people connect to Orange County's wild plants and lands. Her poems have appeared in a variety of literary magazines and several anthologies, including 2010's New Poets of the American West. She teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Irvine.

After Thea’s presentation, everyone is invited to share some favorite photos of native plants, wildlife, habitats, or gardens—local, California, or anywhere in the world. As a reminder, each presenter will be limited to 5 minutes to make sure that everyone gets a turn—and that we get home before midnight. Someone will be holding a stopwatch and cracking the whip!

Digital photos must be in a standard digital photo format: .jpg, .png, or .psd. They can be fancied up with Powerpoint or Keynote. Submit them on a flash drive, portable hard drive, CD, or DVD. (Windows users: do NOT submit them as an autoexec [.exe] file). Video presentations must be in a standard video format: .mov (preferred), .avi, .wmv, or .mpeg. (Once again, Windows users, see above). Of course you may also bring photos for people to browse. For the digital stuff, please try to arrive early to allow time for your presentation to be transferred before the meeting.

The board members will provide a festive spread on the hospitality table. If you have a special holiday recipe you would like to share, feel free to bring it along.

Join us for a light-hearted and relaxing evening.

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