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August 18 to 25, 2018
The Chairs for LOAS 2, 2018 are
 Kelly SchnurJane Shivas

Kelly Schnur

Jane Shivas  

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -
George Bernard Shaw

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Theme Speaker

John Keefe at workWe are so very fortunate to have one of our very own LOAS2 family as our theme speaker and lover of play! John Keefe is a journalist, tinkerer and coder who works at Quartz as a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz's breakthrough apps. Keefe also teaches classes on bots and rapid prototyping at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and runs a tiny tinkering company called Really Good Smarts LLC. Before moving to Quartz, he was Senior Editor for Data News at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists to find playful ways to approach data reporting and design -- and leading "play days" at work for team experimentation. Keefe is the author of Family Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World from Maker Media, which grew from his effort to make something new every week for a year. Keefe has led classes and workshops at Columbia University, the New School University, and New York University. He was also an Innovator in Residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media. Keefe blogs at and tweets as @jkeefe.


Minister Of The Week:
Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel
UU Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA

Rev. Carol Thomas CisselRev. Carol Thomas Cissel is the settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA.  She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion and a Master of Science in Nonprofit & Association Management from the University of Maryland, University College. Before moving to Pennsylvania to join the UUFCC congregation, she served UU congregations in Maryland, California, Washington State, Oklahoma, and New Jersey.

"Walking with others, as they make meaning out of their lives, is some of the most important work I do. I am light on the journey and seek to help the people I serve as they explore faith, embrace hope and lay claim to their personal theology. My work is centered on helping others look inward to grow their spirits, and then gaze outward, replenished and ready to serve the world.”

Rev. CTC is passionate about Interfaith Activism, Seeking Justice, Crafting Exuberant Worship, Prophetic Preaching, Travel, and Small-Batch bourbon. She enjoys reading thrillers and contemporary poetry, day hikes and live music in small venues (blues, folk, classic rock and a bit of country). Carol also finds JOY in collecting the masterworks of Native American and First Nations Peoples artists, rooting for the Washington Nationals baseball team, parenting 2 amazing adult children and stealing kisses from her delicious grandson Andrew as often as she can.


Mary Heafy

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LOAS II Youth Group Team

Youth Coordinator:
Susan Haase

To Be Determined


Youth Group Leaders

Name: Malaga Group
Ages:  Pre-K
Meets at: Louisa's Barn
Leaders: Ginger O'Neill & ...
Coming Soon ...
Name: Lunging Group
Grades:  PreK to 1st
Meets at: The Kiddie Barn
Leaders: Jennifer Whitten and Bill Labaire
Coming Soon Bill LaBaire
Name: Cedar Group
Grades: 2nd - 4th Grade
Meets at: Lawrence
Leaders: Dana Shoultz & Scottie Blyadon
Dana Shoultz Scott Blaydon
Name: Duck Group
Grades:  4th - 6th
Meets at: Parker
Leaders: Toby Dills & Jessica Robidoux
Toby Dills Jessica Robidoux

Name: Smuttynose Group
Grades:  7thj - 9th
Meets at: Brookfield
Leaders: Victore Finizio & Mike Ledger

Victor Finizio Mike Ledger

Name: Appledore Group
Grades:  10th - 12th
Meets at: Marshman
Leaders: Ankur Mathew & Jessica Falconer

Coming Soon

Workshops and Starbursts:

Week long classes offered daily

The Writing Circle
with Ellen Schmidt

When we meet others we say where we’re from and what we do in life within the limited patterns of most social or work settings. The Writing Circle is a refreshing way to discover different aspects of yourself and others in a warm, inspiring, and supportive environment. I define a writer as someone who writes - so whether you are a seasoned writer or would like to write for the first time, you are welcome to come to this workshop. Best of all, there is no wrong way to do this! Each day I provide a “spark”, an open-ended invitation that will kindle your memories, stories, and thoughts for a spontaneous short write. There is an opportunity, always optional, to share what you’ve just written. I have found that we often hear ourselves for the first time when we read aloud. You give a gift to listeners, who in turn give you a gift of attentive and deep listening. Feedback is always kind, encouraging, honest, and specific. Each workshop day is unique so feel free to attend one day, some days, or every day. Please bring your preferred writing implement and a notebook. You can find out more here: Writing Room Workshops

Acting and Improvisation
Alexandra Landau

In Acting and Improvisation, we'll be learning the basic tenets of acting, and will play with each other by "living truthfully in imaginary circumstances", as a famous acting teacher said. Getting in touch with your emotions and learning not to censor your gut reaction can not only help with acting, presenting, and interacting with people, but can help you learn a lot about yourself! We will start by really learning how to listen and respond to another person, then bring that into improvisation games and even small scripted scenes. You can drop in to a couple of meetings just to learn to open up and play, or come the whole week to build up a whole new skill!


Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
Check The Chalkboard for days and times. Locations may vary.


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