By John Hernandez
San Manuel Miner
A series of education action speaker events based on TED talks will begin Oct. 23 at the Wilson Barn at Rancho Linda Vista in Oracle. This series of “Teddy Talks” will be scheduled every three months with different artists speaking about their passion and how they sustain that passion throughout their lives. TED is a non-profit dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading. TED shares their ideas on the internet and the Teddy Talks series will do the same. The talks are being organized by Carol Mahoney and other local artists involved with the Wilson Barn.
On Oct. 23 the “Teddy Talks” will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Three speakers are scheduled and will speak for nine minutes each followed by a question and answer session. There will be a coffee tasting and pie served. The pies are being provided by the Pie Lady of Oracle Sarah Hardin. Donations to benefit RLV Oracle Art will be accepted at the event. Suggested donation is $5. RLV Oracle Art Inc. is a non-profit dedicated to supporting innovative cultural projects, public art education and outreach as well as archiving and preserving art work.
The three speakers scheduled for the program are Michael Carroll, Ceci Garcia, and Deb Breen.
Michael Carroll is a composer, producer and host of PRX’s “The Mikie Show,” a half hour variety show on public radio in Indianapolis and Austin as well as worldwide online. Michael is a native of New York. He has spent most of the last 25 years writing original music for advertising and television. His television credits include The Muppets and Oprah. He writes music and does projects such as interactive musical installations in parks and at art events.
Ceci Garcia is an artist and an art education specialist. She is one of the co-founders of Raices 222 Art Gallery and Workshop in Tucson. She grew up in San Manuel, Ariz. and taught art at San Manuel High School for a while. She will be talking about “Sharing with Community.”
Deb Breen is self described coffee geek and exercise professional. She is co-owner of Sky Island Coffee in Oracle and is a health and fitness professional with Bodywise Consulting. “Happiness is only one cup of coffee and one workout away” will be part of her talk.