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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2014

Weed, CA – The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center and global disaster relief group Burners Without Borders announce a free community performance and workshop event, “WeedAid”. It will take place Saturday, November 22, 2014 from noon to 6 pm at the College of the Siskiyous’ Kenneth W. Ford Theatre. The theatre is located on the college campus at 800 College Ave. in Weed.

Full details are posted on the event’s website: weedaid.org.

As citizens clear debris, and begin to heal from effects of the devastating September 15 fire, WeedAid is not only a musical celebration of Weed’s resiliency and resolve, but also an opportunity to hear from others who have “been through it before”. It is a start to a conversation about recovery, rebuilding and re-envisioning a brighter future throughout Siskiyou County and the Mount Shasta Bioregion.

Panelists will include Carmen Mauk, Executive Director of Burners Without Borders; Brenda Zimmerman from Rebuilding Union Beach (providing housing to Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey); Angelina Cook, coordinator of MSBEC’s Climate Adaptation Plan, and others listed at weedaid.org.

Performances start at noon with Shasta Taiko drummers, then (alternating with workshop sessions) singer/songwriter Human with Jeff Pevar (David Crosby Band), and Marin native Jerry Hannan who traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina on the “Dirty Hands Caravan”.

Local businesses and individuals may donate to WeedAid via the website or contribute without obligation at the door. Earthdance coordinator Andy Fusso is producing the event, and appeals will go out to a network of northern California and southern Oregon music festival fans. Net proceeds will benefit Boles Fire survivors through donation to the Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s Community Disaster Relief Fund.

Following the afternoon event, the Mt. Shasta Vet’s Club will hold an afterparty featuring Portland band World’s Finest, at 406 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. in the town of Mt. Shasta starting at 10 pm ($5 cover to benefit WeedAid).

About WeedAid sponsors:

The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center (mountshastaecology.org), founded in 1988, is a nonprofit grassroots citizens’ organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the outstanding natural environment and cultural values of Mt. Shasta, one of the sacred mountains of the world, and its surrounding bioregion.

Burners Without Borders (burnerswithoutborders.org) formed in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina. People then attending Nevada’s Burning Man Festival raised money and instead of heading home, traveled south to assist in relief efforts. Today BWB volunteers are taking on disaster relief and community initiative projects throughout the world.

The Mt. Shasta Vet’s Club (mtshastavetsclub.com) is Mt. Shasta’s oldest bar. Built in the late 1800’s, it is a place of rich history. The bar itself arrived by train in the early 1930’s and has been in place ever since. There’s always something to do at the Vet’s, from karaoke and live music to pool and friendly conversation.

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Contact: Andy Fusso
andy@earthdance.org
415.203.3407