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Center for Lifelong Learning"Skillet Sisters" September 8th, 2015 @ 10 AM

The ladies that make up The Skillet Sisters draw in experience from the varied backgrounds of folk, country, rock and classical music. The group started with a couple of girls, a couple of guitars and a basement. Those two met a group called the Canned Biskets, an all woman bluegrass band. The two joined that group and proceeded with secret negotiations
to get the bass player of the Biskits to cross over with the duo.

After successful negotiations the duo was now a trio, in a basement. After hearing the Canned Biskits at a performance the fourth member of our quartet expressed interest and since no one would really want 8 woman
in a band, the Skillet Sisters convinced her to join them to make up the group you see before you today. Beverly Schlegel, lead guitar and vocals, Katie Lusk, bass and dulcimer, Monica Ryan, rhythm guitar, accordion
and vocals, and Suzy Wilson, vocals and percussion.

The Skillet Sisters havesuccessfully gotten out ofthe basement and enjoy
some regional succes sharing their music to varied audiences.



Saturdays @ Phoebe Needles  "CENTERING PRAYER" with Carolyn Winborne and Judi Barnes September 12th, 2015

God speaks in many ways--especially in silence. The ancient practice of centering prayer has been revived in recent years and is being widely embraced within the Christian community. This program will offer basic instruction for those new to the prayer and extended periods of silence for those seeking to deepen their practice. The workshop is appropriate for those wanting to begin a regular discipline of centering prayer, and those who have much experience.

Carolyn Winborne is a Roanoke native who has been practicing centering prayer for more than fifteen years. In a twenty-year career as a church musician, she introduced the practice to prayer groups in several congregations and helped present a Taize workshop at Phoebe Needles. Since 2003 she has served as facilitator of the centering prayer group at Christ Episcopal Church, where she also officiates at daily Morning Prayer and volunteers with the outreach ministry to people with mental illnesses.

Judi Barnes has been practicing for over 15 years. She currently facilitates a centering prayer group at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Roanoke. In 2004 she was commissioned by Contemplative Outreach to present its 7-part Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop and, since moving to the Roanoke area in 2006, she has presented three workshops. She also volunteers as a spiritual director at The Rescue Mission in their Recovery and Homeless Programs.



Saturdays @ Phoebe Needles"Are You a Wizard? The Everyday Magic of Harry Potter" October 3rd, 2015

While much of the Harry Potter series concerns Harry’s extraordinary magical abilities and his uniqueness as “the Chosen One,” his
creator, J. K. Rowling, makes very clear that Harry’s truly remarkable abilities involve choices and decisions available to all of us: how
we treat our friends and family, how we manage human differences,
how we deal with fear, and how we confront our own mortality
and the mortality of those closest to us. As the wise mentor Albus
Dumbledore reminds The Boy Who Lived, “It is our choices, Harry,
that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Through
examination of what the Sorting Hat would do with us and how we
would cope in the Hogwarts environment, participants will explore our own wizardry.

Lana A. Whited is editor of The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon (Missouri, 2002) and co-editor, with M. Katherine Grimes, of Critical Insights: Harry Potter (Salem Press, 2015). She is currently working on a Critical Insights volume on the Hunger Games series. Dr. Whited is professor of English and director of the Boone Honors Program at Ferrum College in Virginia (USA). She earned degrees at Emory & Henry College (B.A.), The College of William & Mary (M.A.), Hollins College (M.A.), and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Ph.D.).




The Phoebe Needles Center offers lodging, dining and recreational facilities for summer camps, retreats, conferences, workshops, quiet days and meetings to church, government, school, youth, college and private groups.

Our 85 acre facility is located near Roanoke, Virginia, and in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We are minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

SUMMER CAMP programs run during June, July, and August. Camps are open to all rising fifth through twelfth graders. Programs include backpacking, canoeing, climbing, rappelling, arts and crafts, swimming, hiking, environmental activities and more.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION conferences and retreats are scheduled at least quarterly. Topics have ranged from “Christianity and Islam” to “A Journey Through the Old Testament.” Most retreats are held on weekends, and allow time for walking, journalism and meditation. Outside speakers facilitate the programs.

CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING @ PHOEBE NEEDLES is a series of educational seminars for senior adults. Programs are scheduled in the morning followed by lunch at noon. This year round series is a great opportunity for learning and fellowship in a beautiful setting.

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