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Swing Dance Fundraiser Recap

On October 25th, some friends and I hosted an awesome fundraising event for my DTS: A Swing Dance Party!  We had a great turn-out, people of all ages and stages of dancing.  We definitively raised awareness for my trip and had a LOT of fun,  plus raising over $300! God is good! It was also an honor to dedicate the night to the family of Dave Huttala, who had died exactly one year before.  He was the dad of a dancer friend of mine.  Please enjoy these pictures of the event: Photography by my friend Dane Vandwiele.

 

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Post Thanksgiving Update

Laughing...because sometimes the life of Heather is just unbelievable.

Laughing…because sometimes the life of Heather is just unbelievable.

Dear friends,

I am coming home from the Tri-Cities tomorrow and I NEED HELP! I have been very successful with Black Friday Shopping and have been able to get most of my Christmas/thank you gifts for people and a lot of new comfy/workout clothes for Kona. I got some new bed sheets and towels for my move also! I have been advice to get what I can here for cheap because everything is so expensive in Hawaii. So now I just need to sort everything out! I need to sort: what I am planning on bring to Kona, what clothes I am going try to sell, what items I can use for my next fundraiser or donate to my Grandma’s House, what items I need to put into storage, and what things go together to make nice Christmas gifts!

This is fun work, guys! And I have tons of yummy food to feed you and old things to give you if you so desire! But I do need help staying focused and lifting things. I also have finals week after next and need help studying! I actually enjoy my classes and homework, its just really helpful having someone with me keeping my on track and quizzing me.

I am sad to announce that I am having more health issues. I will not get into the nature of this yet because at this point there are a lot of unknowns…which is so frustrating! So my Go Fund Me site I would say is about half missions funding and half medical funding…crazy. I am excited to be ending my second day without any Dr./Urgent Care/ER visits…but I know it all will continue once I get home again. What I can say right now is that my right wrist is still giving me trouble (its is still obviously sprained/dislocated), I am very low iron and I seem to be having some heart trouble.

One more crazy hiccup in my life…my beautiful purse was stolen/lost on the bus on Tuesday! Yes, I have checked in with my bank. Yes, I have emailed Trimet. NOTHING! Finally I had all my IDs and cards in one place…then ALL GONE. Fortunately I still have my phone and keys.

So, here are the prayer/help as you can needs for right now:

  • That my purse will be returned
  • That I will have clarity concerning health decisions
  • That I will be able to focus and do well during finals
  • That I will be blessed with helpers to get things done; even the simple things are so hard sometimes
  • That my friends will be able to understand my needs and help me, especially financially
  • That I will be able to get on a good sleep rhythm
  • That I will be able to have good boundaries with certain people, no matter how much I love them
  • That I will have the energy and focus to get the important things done
  • That I will be thankful for many people and things I have been blessed with
  • That I will rely on GOD NO MATTER WHAT

I have several new blog posts in the works, including a Thanksgiving thankful post, and a recap of the Swing Dance Fundraiser…WITH PICTURES!  But this is what I have got for now. As much as I hate admitting it, I need help.

Keep updated with my Fundraising Site and Facebook Page, and of course for all my silly and/or deep thoughts on Twitter.

Blessings on you all!

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Swing Dance Fundraiser…Less Than a Week!

The countdown is on!!! The Swing Dance is Friday night!!!

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Now that I have lots of information about my trip and what I will be doing, I am even more ecstatic to share about it in this great night of dancing!  I am being blessed so much already by the people who are helping me put this event together and who have RSVPed!

For more information about the event please visit my earlier posts Fundraiser Swing Dance: To Kona and Beyond and Swing Dance Fundraiser Reminder and Update.

You can RSVP on the Facebook Event or on Google Calender

Thank you and I hope to see you there! Please feel free to introduce yourself!

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Current Blessings

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I am so blessed by King Jesus right now! Here is just a little overview:

  • Great progression on my Swing Dance Fundraiser, so many people willing to help! Which all the different people involved, it is being made clear that this event is becoming way more than just about me and my trip!  Its about the swing dance community being introduced to Christ and missions in a healthy, open environment. Its about non- swing dancers being introduced to the swing dance community and seeing that it is a great way to get to know other people and stay active.
  • School has started and is going well! I am enrolled full time at the local community college.  I have been blessed by some really inspiring teachers this term!  My first ever psychology class is very interesting, I can tell already that it will be hard; not because of the homework quantity but of the quality and how it focuses on personal reflection.  That is going to be hard for me.  My writing and speech teachers are also awesome, I could listen to both of them talk forever.  My biology class is mediocre, but that is to be expected from a creative right-brainer. At least I have friends in the class with me, and the labs can be fun.
  • My health is doing much better! During these past few days my RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) symptoms has been fading, which is incredible! It is wondrous to take baths and showers because I want to and not because I need to to get my twitching and itching to calm down.  I will have a blood test soon to see if my iron levels have gone up, for that is what is causing the RLS (we think).  I have had pretty good energy since school has started, I wasn’t sure if that would be the case.  Also, I have not had very much anxiety or hard feelings lately, which is always a plus. 🙂
  • I am surrounded by friends of all colors, worldviews, orientations, ages and locations. I am blessed with the best of friends!  Lately I have been getting to know some new friends and connect with old friends too.  This is one of the things I love about being in school.  I am also loving getting to know my new twitter friends! Some people would argue that they aren’t “real” friends, but I believe that some of them really are.  Especially when then you meet them in person.

Well I could go on and on with the ways that God is blessing me, but alas I have homework and a bed calling me name, so I will leave it at that.  Thank you for reading, praying and supporting!

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Swing Dance Fundraiser Reminder and Update!

Hello friends!

First of, just wanted to remind you that my fundraiser swing dance event is coming up: Friday, October 25th! For more info, read previous blog post Fundraiser Swing Dance and/or join the Facebook Event.

Also, I have some new information about the event!  Saturday Market’s SCOOPS ice cream will be selling ice cream by donation! They have several flavors available.  In addition, there will be several types of homemade baked goods, snacks and beverages available.

The Stumptown Stompers, a local swing performance group lead by Mindy Barnhart of Stumptown Dance, will be doing a short performance!  You won’t want to miss it, especially if you are new to swing!

We now have flyers available created by local graphic designer and swing dancer Peter Litster.  Feel free to download and share them by clicking here.

Thank you so much, hope to see you there! Blessings!

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Fundraiser Swing Dance: To Kona And Beyond!

I (Heather McClish) am hosting a special night of swing dancing all to support a good cause! I is preparing to take part in a six month missions program with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in January, and thought that there would be no better way to raise awareness and funds than by hosting a swing dancing fundraiser! 

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Date:  Friday October 25th, 2013

Time:  7:00 pm-11:00 pm

Cost:  $8 – per dancers ten and older

Location:  Milwaukie Community Center

10666 SE 42nd Ave (SE 42nd & Jackson); Milwaukie, Oregon 97222  View Map . Get Directions

 

Agenda: 

7:00 – Doors open

7:30 – Beginning East Coast Swing Lesson taught by David Dang and Rachael Ries

8:00 – Intermediate East Coast Swing Lesson taught by David Dang and Rachael Ries

8:30-11:00 DJed open dancing with a break for announcements a special performance.DJed open dancing with a break for announcements and a special performance

Age Requirements: 

Children, Parents, Grandparents; all ages and levels are welcome!  Swing dancing is recommended for ages 10 and above, and Heather highly advises that new dancers attend the beginning lesson.  Younger children may come as long as they are looked after and kept off of the dance floor.

Beverages and Snacks:

Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase by donation.

No food and drinks on the dance floor.

Food and beverages must remain in the basement.

Dress:

Is anywhere from casual to semiformal, just wear something you can move in!  Because of the culture of East Coast Swing, some people enjoy wearing vintage styles.  Please be considerate of the modesty of your clothing, we want this to be a family-friendly event.

SHOES:

Whatever shoes you choose to wear, please make sure they are CLEAN!  This is a really nice dance floor we are getting to use and we want to keep it this way!  Please do not come in dirty shoes or boots which make black marks on the floor.

Invite Friends

Please feel free to invite your friends.  You can use the facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/667157336628757/ .  It will be a night you will not want to miss!

Blessings to you,

Heather and all the members of the planning committee

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