Join Us July 7at SEED: Creative Approach to Combat Bullying

According to the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Education, between 1 and 4 and 1 and 3 kids say they’ve been bullied at school. Only 20 to 30 percent of these kids report it to adults, and while 49 states have ant-bullying legislation, bullying is still not considered illegal in this country. But, one family driven by personal experience and their love for martial arts is on a mission to help children combat bullying.

Meet James and Michelle DeGrechie and their son Christopher Watkins, owners of the one-year-old Richardson Undaunted ATA Martial Arts. Not only have they made their dream of running a martial arts studio come true, they have also taken a creative approach to planting seeds of inspiration and courage through their book “Bullyproof.” Co-authored by a group of martial arts leaders, this book shares different strategies and tactics on facing the bullying problem that affects kids and teens all around the world.

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Please join us for an evening of informative and interactive conversation that just may inspire you to not only learn martial arts and how you can get involved with anti-bullying efforts, but also what it looks like to seed creative ideas and approaches to engaging our passions and gifts in our community.

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., July 7, 2016

Undaunted ATA Martial Arts Studios

819 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 40  Richardson, TX 75080

Next door to Tom Thumb

 

About Undaunted ATA Martial Arts

We teach all our members to focus on and be present in the moment – and in this age of distractions and sensory overload, this is a skill which returns immediate results in all aspects one’s life.

About the Owners

Mrs. Michelle DeGrechie is a 3rd degree black belt ATA certified instructor.  She has been practicing martial arts for many years.  Mrs. D. is a 3 time world champion, 2 time district champion, and 4 time Texas state champion, as well as a level 3 certified tournament judge.  She is also recognized as a home educator by the Texas Home School Coalition.

Mr. James DeGrechie is a 3rd degree black belt, ATA certified instructor, and an Orthopedic-certified registered nurse. He has an extensive knowledge in martial arts and has experience in several different styles.  Mr. D. is a Level 3 certified tournament judge and is a 5 time Texas state champion.

Mr. Christopher Watkins is a 3rd degree black belt, ATA certified instructor, and is the chief instructor at Undaunted ATA.  He has earned 6 Texas state titles and is a Level 3 certified tournament judge.  Mr. Watkins has been studying and honing his martial arts skills since early childhood.  He is a fierce competitor, and a mainstay on the tournament circuit.

SEED Location Changed Tonight, May 26

Due to inclement weather, SEED will be held at The Taco Joint on 100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

We hope you can join us! Here’s a recap of our speaker and topic: SEED the Help Your Neighbor Movement

Little did Richardson resident and difference-maker Scott Rhoades know that a simple act of kindness during a winter storm in his community would start a Help Your Neighbor movement. In 2014, Scott led the first Help Your Neighbor Day through the Richardson Heights Neighborhood Association and local business sponsors. Join us May 26 to plants seeds of creative collaboration and hear Scott tell us how we can join in and keep the servanthood going.

Help Your Neighbor is an event to help those in need in our neighborhoods. We do this by recruiting people within the community, typically neighbors, to help with small projects on houses of those in need.  More importantly, we hope that relationships are made between the homeowner and those who are serving. Help Your Neighbor is a great way to influence your community and help those in need.

srhoadesScott Rhoades lives in Richardson and is on the board of the Richardson Heights Neighborhood Association. For his day job, he serves as the Director of Edification and Philanthropy for Edify, a non-profit organization dedicated to making quality, Christ-centered education available in third-world countries. Prior to Edify, Scott served on Young Life staff in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area for twelve years in various roles from area director to development director. He helped spearhead the growth of various ministries, specifically Latino and special needs ministries in the DFW area.

Scott attended Oklahoma University and graduated with a BA in MIS and Finance. He also graduated from Westminster Seminary in 2010 with a Masters of Arts and Religion with a focus on biblical studies. Scott is married to Kiley and they have two daughters, Emilie Kate and Olivia.

When:

6 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016

  • 6-6:30 – mix and mingle
  • 6:30-7:30 – speaker presentation, Q&A

www.seedcreativity.org

 

SEED the Help Your Neighbor Movement

Little did Richardson resident and difference-maker Scott Rhoades know that a simple act of kindness during a winter storm in his community would start a Help Your Neighbor movement. In 2014, Scott led the first Help Your Neighbor Day through the Richardson Heights Neighborhood Association and local business sponsors. Join us May 26 to plants seeds of creative collaboration and hear Scott tell us how we can join in and keep the servanthood going.

Help Your Neighbor is an event to help those in need in our neighborhoods. We do this by recruiting people within the community, typically neighbors, to help with small projects on houses of those in need.  More importantly, we hope that relationships are made between the homeowner and those who are serving. Help Your Neighbor is a great way to influence your community and help those in need.

srhoadesScott Rhoades lives in Richardson and is on the board of the Richardson Heights Neighborhood Association. For his day job, he serves as the Director of Edification and Philanthropy for Edify, a non-profit organization dedicated to making quality, Christ-centered education available in third-world countries. Prior to Edify, Scott served on Young Life staff in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area for twelve years in various roles from area director to development director. He helped spearhead the growth of various ministries, specifically Latino and special needs ministries in the DFW area.

Scott attended Oklahoma University and graduated with a BA in MIS and Finance. He also graduated from Westminster Seminary in 2010 with a Masters of Arts and Religion with a focus on biblical studies. Scott is married to Kiley and they have two daughters, Emilie Kate and Olivia.

When:

6 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016

  • 6-6:30 – mix and mingle with lite bites and beverages
  • 6:30-7:30 – speaker presentation, Q&A

Where:

Durham Park on Weathered Dr. between Downing and Scottsdale in the

Richardson Heights Neighborhood.

If it rains, we will meet at The Taco Joint, 100 S. Central Expressway Richardson, TX 75080.

Becoming a Suburban Pioneer

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Join us at our next SEED session where we’ll hear from Richardson Food Truck Park founder and owner, Michelle Chesney, share her thoughts on becoming an Suburban Pioneer and how she believes anyone has the ability to turn a “city without a soul” to Perfecttown, USA.

The details:

6 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016

522 Bishop Avenue

Richardson, TX 75081

Food trucks and cash bar will be open.

 

 

Free Art Event March 26 at Richardson West Junior High

Looking for creative, family-friendly opportunities in Richardson this weekend? Check out the 6th Annual Art Phenomenon of  7th and 8th grade Art Magnet students Sat., March 26. They will host a live auction of artworks created that day by the students.  There will be light refreshments, a live jazz band, designer pins to purchase, and an opportunity to learn more about Richardson’s Creative Reuse Center Chartreuse http://www.chartreusecrc.org/.  Bring cash or check to purchase these collectable artworks.  All funds go to support these young artists in the form of field trips, innovative art materials and technology.

For more information, contact Christina van Hamersveld  and Laura Lester.
http://rwjhartmagnet.weebly.com/
Art Educators
469-593-3735
Richardson West Junior High Art and Technology Magnet
1309 Holly Dr.
Richardson, TX 75080

Pathways to an Artful Career

We invite the community to join us March 24 at SEED to hear young professionals Carrie Fox and Edwin Chavez share their experiences and perspectives on choosing the path to a career in art. Whether you are a soon-to-be high school or college graduate who is studying art or perhaps you’re looking to shift your career to art, this will be a good time to ask questions and hear first-hand from these bright, talented minds who are creating their paths to an artful career.

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6 – 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., March 24, 2016

Half Price Books, 100 S. Central Expwy, Richardson, TX 75080

Lite bites and beverages will be served.

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Gather with other creative minds to listen and partake in an evening of guitar playing. What is that you say? You don’t know how to play? Join us and you just might learn a chord or two. And if you do know how to play, bring your guitar and strum along.

Starting at 6 p.m., stop by, unwind from your work day and be inspired while mixing and mingling with other creative types from your community. At 6:30, music enthusiasts Carol Casmus and Lisa Dunne will capture our attention as chords strike your soul.

Details:

6-7:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 11, 2016

Alchemy Music Academyhttp://www.alchemymusictx.com/music-registration-contact/

500 N. Coit #2085

Free event. Light bites and beverages will be served.

SEED to Host The Healing Power of Art

Join us at the next SEED to hear how the healing power of art is helping cancer patients at the Methodist Richardson Cancer Center. In 2012, The Cancer Center was awarded community impact funds to establish support programs that help cancer survivors better cope with the stresses of diagnosis and treatment. One of the programs born of this award was the Hospital Artist in Residence program which is part of The Creative Center. Nurse Manager, Rebecca Donnelli, and artist Katherine Baronet will talk about the journey of this program, display patients’ art and tell stories of the powers of this creative solution. This will also be a wonderful opportunity to visit The Cancer Center and learn more about this advanced treatment center right here in our own backyard.

If you’re looking for opportunities to give this holiday season or any time of the year, the Hospital in Artist in Residence program is in need of art supplies which you are welcome to bring to this event. We will be posting the supply list later this week.

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Location: Methodist Richardson Cancer Center, 2805 E. President George Bush Highway (at Renner Road) Richardson, TX 75082

Lite bites and bottled water will be served.

Since its inception in 1994, The Creative Center has been dedicated to bringing the arts to people with cancer and chronic illness through all stages of life as a way to help them discover their own creative resources while meeting the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

The Artist-in-Residence Program helps cancer survivors deal with the stresses of treatment through artistic expression. The program will work at the bedside and in small group settings with men, women and children – in oncology units, bone marrow transplant units, intensive care/respiratory units, and hospice and palliative care programs.

“Art is personal,” says artist in residence Katherine Baronet. She spends her days rolling a cart of supplies through the center’s infusion room, creating beautiful works of art with patients. “I’m able to connect and build friendships with these patients. I think art helps people relax, and it takes the edge off the thought of being ill.”

To learn more information, watch this video at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/artistinresidence

A Life In The Balance: The Flavor of Living

Meet Sandra Lewis. As chef, speaker and the owner of Life at the Table, she’ll share her journey and talk about how satisfaction in life is not a “balanced” life. Instead it is a life creating, not consuming, and a life that incorporates into one single stream what we have traditionally thought of as “personal” life and “work” life.

When: 6 – 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 29, 2015

Where: Isabelly’s , 200 E. Main St. Richardson, TX 75081

Lite bites and wine will be served. We’ll mix and mingle from 6-6:30. Sandra will begin at 6:30 p.m.

About Sandra Lewis
Chef Sandra Lewis is a storyteller, collaborator and evangelist for what she believes is the secret to living a satisfying life both at home and work, spending time at the table.

Through her work at Life At The Table, Sandra combines her 20+ year career in human resources development, sales and non-profit with her culinary expertise and belief in the power of the table experience to speak, inspire and lead organizations and families in the joys of creating cultures of community and collaboration.

As a single mom throughout her career, Sandra’s solution to the challenge of creating a sense of family with her two daughters while juggling the demands of work was to gather nightly for family meals.

It was through this personal experience that she developed her belief that gathering, connecting and identifying with something bigger than yourself is an essential ingredient to the thriving of the human spirit at work and home.

In 2009 Sandra had what she describes as a “now or never” moment. She decided in favor of the “now,” sold her house, tucked all of her belongings into storage, rented a room from a friend and attended culinary school.

Fifteen months later she graduated with honors and gave the student commencement speech at graduation.

Sandra earned a BS in Mass Communications, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Utah and an AAS with Honors in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu Dallas.

When she isn’t speaking or teaching, you can find her experimenting in her kitchen, spending time at the table, and exploring the flavors and tastes of the local food scene, gardening and writing on her blog, Living Life At The Table.

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Chef Sandra Lewis, owner of Life at the Table