Awake to Rhthym * A Benefit for My Sisters Place

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Starts:Saturday, October 14, 2017  10:30 AMEnds:Saturday, October 14, 2017  11:00 PM

Free- $25.00


Yachats Commons

441 Highway 101 N.

Yachats, OR 97498

Event Description:


Fundraiser for My SistersPlace

On Saturday, October 14th , the Yachats Commons will “Awake to Rhythm” in a lively and welcoming music-filled fundraiser for My SistersPlace presented by Polly Plumb Productions. My Sisters’ Place is a nonprofit that, using an anti-oppression framework, provides services for individuals in Lincoln County who have experienced interpersonal violence. Awake to Rhythm is an opportunity to shine a light on this society-wide problem, while also highlighting the significantly higher levels of violence faced by communities of color, including Native Americans. One in five women in Oregon will experience sexual assault in their lifetime, and one in four women will experience domestic violence. For Native American women, one in three will experience sexual assault, and three in five will experience domestic violence.  In the face of these sobering facts, My Sisters’ Place invites all communities to support their efforts at “Awake to Rhythm.”
10:30 AM - 12 PM:  Interpretive Tour of the Ya’Xaik Trail (free) starting at Smelt Sands State Park, Yachats.   For more information call Joanne Kittel at 541.9618374 (free)

1:00 PM:  Participatory Weaving Event: (free) Yachats Commons. Limited to 50.  Please call 541-574.9424 to reserve.

Evening Event: Yachats Commons.  Doors open at 5PM and performances start at 5:30PM. Non -alcoholic refreshments and finger food will be served. Silent, oral auctions and raffle will also be featured. See costs below.



Featured performers at the event (in order of appearance) include:

Johnny Moses –  An incredibly talented master storyteller oral historian, and healer. Johnny Moses was raised on Vancouver Island, British Colombia, Canada in the remote Nuu-chah-nulth  village of Ohiat. He learned tribal traditions from his grandparents and is fluent in 8 Native languages, his stories are from several different tribes and relay messages that have informed the lives of Native people for hundreds of years.

Doc Slyter – A Native American Flutist, Tribal Council member and Tribal flutist with the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.

Mary Beth Nickel – A resident of Siletz on the Oregon coast, Mary Beth is a singer-songwriter and mental health therapist, passionate about music making with the Native American flute, frame drum, Celtic harp and voice. Since 1990, she has been playing in various ensembles and spiritual music groups in Oregon, Wyoming and Colorado.

Rodney Turner – A multi-talented percussionist who plays with the band, Undertow playing a diverse genres ranging from reggae to rap; from rock to Celtic, playing a wide variety of percussion including djembe, bongos, congas, contemporary drum kit, the Vietnamese danmo, & his "bag of toys.

Chayag – “To arrive” in Quichua, the indigenous language of the Incas, this group was founded in Quito, Ecuador sharing and preserving the ancestral music, dance and culture of the indigenous people of the Andes for more than 20 years touring in south America, Middle East, Europe, and the US settling in the US in 2001, Chayag member Alex LI added new members with varying musical backgrounds. Today Chayag’s musicians and dancers come from Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, and the US. Chayag presents an exciting program of folkloric music and dance from the Andean region, using a wide variety of authentic instruments.

 The event will take place at the Yachats Commons (441 Highway 101 N in Yachats) The events during the day are free. At 10:30 AM will be an interpretive hike on the Ya'Xaik trail. At 1 PM is a weaving workshop. At 3 pm is a talk on colonization and its effects on Indigenous communities. For information on the hike contact Joanne at 541-961-8374.Space is limited for the weaving workshop. To reserve a space please contact Cristy at 541-574-9424.

The doors for the evening performance open at 5 PM for a concert with heavy hors d'oeuvres. We start the program with drumming on the Yachats Community Drum, Yellowbear and includes a tempting array of finger foods and non-alcoholic refreshments.  In between our performers, we will have a silent auction.

The cost for the evening event is $20 for an individual and $25 for a family. All proceeds to benefit My Sisters' Place.  Tickets are available at My Sisters’ Place in Newport, Chuck’s Waldport Video in Waldport, Mari’s Books in Yachats, on-line at


About My SistersPlace

My SistersPlace is a non-profit organization, which was incorporated in 1980. The mission of My SistersPlace is to comprehensively support those affected by interpersonal violence in Lincoln County by providing shelter, practical assistance, promoting community awareness, and actively working to change the community norms around violence. My SistersPlace operates a 24-hour Hope Line, confidential shelter and an advocacy office. All funds raised from this Awake to Rhythm event will help support these efforts, as everyone deserves to be safe.


For additional information about Interpersonal Violence (Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Teen/Dating Violence, Stalking), please contact My SistersPlace at (541) 574-9424. If you, or someone that you know is a victim of interpersonal violence, please call the 24-hour Hope Line at (541) 994-5959 or (800) 841-8325 for information and safety options.


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