Ticket Giveaway: Many Hands CD Release Concert at Look Park

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Many Hands CD Release Concert at Look Park
Florence, MA
Sunday, September 26th, 2010 @ 1pm-6:30pm

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to the "Many Hands" CD Release Concert at Look Park on September 26th. Scheduled performers include Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell & Family, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Tony Vacca, Grenadilla, and the Deedle Deedle Dees. Deadline to enter to win: 9/22/10 @ 7pm (EST).

On stage at the Pine Theater at Look Park, a CD release concert for the star-studded family music CD, Many Hands, will take place the afternoon of September 26th, 2010.

Hilltown Families and local record label Spare the Rock Records have partnered up to offer two lucky families a 4-pack of free tickets to see the show.  Scheduled performers include:

Deadline to enter to win is September 22nd at 7pm (EST). Details on how to enter to win are below.

ABOUT MANY HANDS CD

With a national release this summer, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti is the first release from the new local record label, Spare the Rock Records. This unique collection of songs is filled with uplifting messages from some of today’s very best family musicians, including: Emily Curtis, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, Bonga and the Vodou Drums of Haiti, Dan Zanes, Recess Monkey, Dog on Fleas, Elizabeth Mitchell, Caspar Babypants, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Jonathan Coulton, They Might Be Giants, Lunch Money, Gustafer Yellowgold, Pete Seeger, Dean Jones , Grenadilla, Baby Gramps, Randy Kaplan, The Deedle Deedle Dees, Uncle Rock, Frances England and Jerrice Baptiste.

Read more about this terrific CD here: Locally Produced Family CD to Benefit Haiti.

ABOUT  THE CD RELEASE CONCERT

On Saturday, September 26th, this afternoon of music at the classic Pines Theater in Look Park will celebrate the release of a star-studded family music CD, Many Hands. Net proceeds will be donated to the Haitian People’s Support Project. Scheduled performers are listed above. This event is general admission.  The park will charge regular admission to get into the park; parking season passes will be accepted, and park admission is free if you bike or walk. (Hint: bike!) Outside food will be allowed, but outside alcohol is not permitted. Coolers are not allowed. Your bags will be searched. Food and drink will be available from great local vendors. Pets are not allowed at any events at the Pines.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Many Hands CD release concert at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence, MA on Saturday, September 26th from 1-6:30pm is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. SHARE YOUR WELL WISHES TO FAMILIES IN HAITI BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 09/22/10 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go!  Tickets are $8 for kids, $11 for adults ($7 per vehicle), and net proceeds will be donated to the Haitian People’s Support Project. Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets.

Locally Produced Family CD to Benefit Haiti

Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti
Locally Produced by Spare the Rock Records

Hilltown Families friends Bill Childs and Dean Jones have joined forces to produce "Many Hands," a locally produced CD of family music to benefit the Haitian People’s Support Project. This forthcoming CD will feature new music from Dan Zanes, Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Mitchell, They Might Be Giants and many more. National release date: Aug. 10th, 2010.

With a national release on August 10th, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti is the first release from Spare the Rock Records, based out of Western MA.  This unique collection of songs is filled with uplifting messages from some of today’s very best family musicians.

After the January 12th, 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the Haitian capital, family musician Dean Jones (Dog on Fleas) found himself feeling helpless and desperately wanting to help the people of Haiti. Having close friends in Haiti and feeling a deep love and respect for the music from the region, Jones felt the need to create something that could help the ongoing rebuilding effort.

The idea for Many Hands came to him in the middle of the night and the very next day several of his fellow family musicians signed on. “When I had the idea for the ‘Many Hands’ CD, I knew without a doubt that I could count on the big-hearted kindie community.” said Jones. “The generosity and the amazing work of all the musicians and everyone involved definitely exceeded my initial expectations.”

Almost all of the tracks on the album are previously unreleased, most of them recorded especially for this release. The gathering of artists featured here is a strong assortment of the unique and special talents creating and performing for today’s all ages audiences, from the legendary Pete Seeger to family hip-hop star Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. In addition, everyone involved in the process of getting this album out into the world from replication to distribution has also either drastically discounted or donated their services. Proceeds from this release will benefit the Haitian People’s Support Project and their long-standing work to help the people of Haiti.

Many Hands will be released as the debut album of Spare the Rock Records founded by kindie rock connoisseur Bill Childs. “After speaking with Dean it was immediately obvious to me that this would be a great record, and, just as importantly, that it would have the potential to help keep people’s attention on the ongoing recovery of Haiti,” recalls Childs on how the partnership came to fruition. “Dean asked for some help reaching out to a few artists, and that just naturally flowed into my helping the record get a wider release; ultimately, that meant starting a label.” Childs produces, with his kids, the weekly radio show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child which airs every Saturday on 103.3FM Valley Free Radio from 7-9am, and 93.9FM The River from 8-10am. Bill also writes about kids’ music for Hilltown Families and various parenting magazines,  has produced numerous kids’ concerts and is the co founder of KindieFest, the family music conference.

Musicians include on the CD include: Dan Zanes, Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Mitchell, They Might be Giants, Gustafer YellowgoldCaspar Babypants, Frances England, Dog on Fleas, Lunch Money, Baby Gramps, Recess Monkey, The Deedle Deedle Dees, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, Bonga and the Vodou Drums of Haiti, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Jonathan Coulton, Uncle Rock, Grenadilla, Dean Jones, Emily Curtis, Randy Kaplan, and Jerrice Baptiste. – CD release shows are planned on both coasts, with details available at ManyHandsCD.com.

Mothers Asked to Make Human Milk Donations for Haiti Infants

Urgent Call for Human Milk Donations for Haiti Infants

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant Association/United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA), and La Leche League International (LLLI) are jointly issuing an urgent call for human milk donations for premature infants in Haiti, as well as sick and premature infants in the United States.

This week the first shipment of human milk from mothers in the United States will be shipped to the U.S. Navy ship Comfort stationed outside Haiti. Comfort is currently set up with a neonatal intensive care unit and medical personnel to provide urgent care to victims of the earthquake. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant stationed at the U.S. Navy base in Bethesda, MD is assisting with providing breast pump equipment and supplies to Comfort. Dr. Erika Beard-Irvine, pediatric neonatologist, is on board to coordinate distribution of the milk to infants in need. HMBANA, USBC, ILCA/USLCA, and LLLI are responding to requests to provide milk for both premature infants and at-risk mothers who have recently delivered babies on board the USNS Comfort, but an urgent need exists for additional donations.

At the current time, the infrastructure to deliver human milk to Haiti infants on land has not yet been established. As soon as that infrastructure is in place, additional donations will be provided to older infants.

Mothers who are willing to donate human milk should contact their regional Mothers’ Milk Bank of HMBANA. A list of regional milk banks is available on the HMBANA web site.

Currently milk banks are already low on donor milk. New milk donations will be used for Haiti victims as well as to replenish donor supplies to continue to serve sick and premature infants in the United States. Donor milk provides unique protection for fragile preterm infants.

UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Emergency Nutrition Network, and medical professionals all recommend that breastfeeding and human milk be used for infants in disasters or emergencies. Human milk is life-saving due to its disease prevention properties. It is safe, clean, and does not depend on water which is often unavailable or contaminated in an emergency. Relief workers, health care providers, and other volunteers are urged to provide support for breastfeeding mothers to enable them to continue breastfeeding, and to assist pregnant and postpartum women in initiating and sustaining breastfeeding.

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