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Music for Wellness Timeline

February 16-22, 2014:  Highlights of Village Music Circles Drum Facilitator Training in Myrtle Beach, SC

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I am honored to have Arthur Hull’s autograph!

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        Made great connections with fellow Drum Facilitators including (left to right):  Marco Monti, Michele Pike, and Tad Timberlake.  One quote that resonated with me was to always enter circle with the motto:  “how can I be of service to the circle!”

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My most memorable and reflective activity:  “Rhythm Church”   Above is a mandala of the chimes and percussion instruments for this emotional and sacred activity.

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January 30, 2104:  Residents of The Chamberlin enriched their health through MUSIC!  Ft Monroe, Hampton, VA

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Susan Karnes, Resident Activities at The Chamberlin, Ft. Monroe, Hampton and Becky Watson, MBA, owner of Music for Wellness, facilitated a HealthRHYTHMS drum circle that enriched the health and well-being of the residents.  The residents’ comments from the session were “relaxing, calming, fun, pleasurable and inspiring” … all through the rhythm of music!   #music4wellness

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January 19, 2104:  Citi “Realizing YOUR dream Business” Competition, Long Beach, CA

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I’m EXTREMELY proud to share that Music for Wellness, LLC was a semi-finalist and received the “Social Venture” Award during the Citi “Realizing YOUR dream Business” Competition.  

During the closing awards ceremony, the speaker quoted my comments,  “Becky Watson summed it up best during her presentation….by being  here today, I’m already a winner”…  WOW,   that was amazing to hear  him say that to over 200 veteran women!      website:   http://vets.syr.edu/and-the-winners-are/

My biggest lesson learned from this experience is to reach out for  help through local business organizations (SCORE, SBA, VBOC) and find  a mentor/coach…I’d like to thank everyone who helped me along this  process!

Thanks again for the support, kind thoughts and help all of you have provided.  This was a TREMENDOUS learning experience for me … I   have GROWN immensely as a business owner and IGNITED MY PASSION even more of serving veterans and seniors with the active use of MUSIC!

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January 12, 2014:  Shaking spiritual rhythms with Church Youth Group.

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Becky Watson, MBA, owner of Music for Wellness facilitated a teamwork shaker activity with the Christ the King Church Youth Group in Norfolk, VA. The the teens demonstrated their ability to work together to “give and receive” positive spiritual intentions in rhythm.  Music for Wellness provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music 4 Wellness programs and services may be found at:www.music4wellness.net.

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December 26, 2013:  Providing holiday spirit and song for the homeless adults through Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) at Christ the King Church. 

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Thom, Music Minister at Christ the King Church, and Becky Watson, MBA, owner of Music for Wellness, are providing holiday spirit and song for the homeless adults through Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) at Christ the King Church. Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) is a coalition of churches that provides overnight shelter on a rotating basis provides meals and shelter to homeless adults during the winter months. Music for Wellness is a company that provides programs and services to enhance the quality of life in supporting the health and well-being of active aging adults, community heroes, and veterans. More Information on Music for Wellness may be found at: music4wellness.net.

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December 24, 2013:  Children’s Christmas Eve Mass piano and guitar students:

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Becky Watson, MBA, founder of Music for Wellness with my wonderful piano and guitar students including daughter Jesse during Children’s Christmas Eve mass. Music for Wellness, LLC provides services and programs to enhance the health and quality of life with music for retirees, community heroes, and veterans. More information may be found at: music4wellness.net.

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December 19, 2013:  Senior Advocate during Senior Advocate Online Lunch and Learn Program. Amanda Deverich’s presentation was on how to “Stress Less: Learn how to Cultivate Peace and Joy this Holiday Season.” 

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Music for Wellness, LLC provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music for Wellness programs and services may be found at:www.music4wellness.net   Senior Advocate strives to provide regional, comprehensive, targeted information to empower seniors to live healthy, productive lives. More information may be found at:http://www.senioradvocateonline.com/

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December 19, 2013:   Having a great time with daughter Jesse attending the Nutcracker Ballet.

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Becky Watson, MBA, owner of Music for Wellness, a company that provides programs and services to enhance the quality of life in supporting the health and well-being of active aging adults, community heroes, and veterans. More Information on Music for Wellness may be found at: music4wellness.net.

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December 18, 2013:  “Pretty in Pink” is Jesse Watson, Becky’s daughter, during the Christ the King School Choir Concert. Jesse is in the Intermediate Choir and loves to sing her heart out.

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Becky Watson, MBA, owner of Music for Wellness, is a company that provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in supporting the health and well-being of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music for Wellness may be found at: music4wellness.net.

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December 14, 2013:  Holiday Guitar Jamming with MaryAnn Toboz, Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) Founder & Executive Director, Eddie Sals and Connie and Becky Watson, MBA, MT, Owner of Music for Wellness during TAO holiday party at Ballet Ghent.

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Information on TAO may be found at: tidewaterartsoutreach.org. Music for Wellness is a company that provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in supporting the health and well-being of veterans, community heroes and retirees through music. Information on Music for Wellness may be found at: www.music4wellness.net

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December 14, 2013:  GO NAVY … BEAT ARMY! Becky Watson, MBA, Owner of Music for Wellness, shows her Navy pride by running the Army Navy 10K Challenge at Ft. Story, Virginia Beach.

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Becky Watson, a retired Navy Captain, served her country over 25 years and nowserves others with her passion of MUSIC! Music for Wellness is a company that provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in supporting the health and well-being of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music for Wellness may be found at: music4wellness.net.

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December 12, 2013:  A hug and smile from Andrew Watson, Becky’s son, during the Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School Band Concert.

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Andrew plays trumpet in the Band and Jazz Ensemble. Becky Watson, MBA, owner of Music for Wellness, a company that provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in supporting the health and well-being of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music for Wellness may be found at: music4wellness.net

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December 9, 2013:  Becky Watson, MBA, owner of Music for Wellness, accompanied the thriving Seniors at Province Place in joyous Christmas Caroling.

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Province Place of DePaul, Norfolk, VA is a senior living community specializing in Alzheimer’s, Assisted Living, Respite/Short Term. The community is a part of Life Care Services’s family of senior care communities. Music for Wellness, LLC provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in supporting the health and well-being of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music for Wellness may be found at: music4wellness.net

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December 8, 2013:  Becky Watson, MBA, and owner of Music for Wellness facilitated a Rhythmic “Angel Hymn” on frame drums with local spiritual youth group.

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Teen comments from the drumming activity were: “cheerful” “joyous” “uplifting” “glorious” and “spiritual.” Music For Wellness provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music for Wellness programs and services may be found at:www.music4wellness.net

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Becky Watson, MBA, and owner of Music for Wellness and her daughter Jessica spread holiday cheer by Christmas Caroling with the Girl Scouts at St Mary’s Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk, VA.
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St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children is a long-term pediatric residential care facility dedicated exclusively to children with severe physical and intellectual disabilities and one of only about 100 facilities of its kind nationwide. Staff provide medical, therapeutic, educational and recreational services for as many as 92 children and young adults, ages newborn to 21 years.  More information may be found at:  saintmaryshome.org.  Music For Wellness provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music for Wellness programs and services may be found at: www.music4wellness.net

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November 27, 2013: Becky Watson reconnects with Isabella Jones during Yoga at Massanutten Resort

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Becky, MBA, MT Intern is the founder and owner of Music 4 Wellness, LLC, a company that provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees.  Information on Music 4 Wellness programs and services may be found at: www.music4wellness.net.   Isabella Jones, owner of Resort Yoga, is a professional trainer/educator and an E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Alliance Instructor who has been training and teaching in the fitness/wellness industry for over 30 years.  Isabella teaches everyone how to incorporate simple and enjoyable techniques into their lives on a daily basis.  Less is more, more often!  Information on Isabella Jones’ programs and products may be found on www.resortyoga.com.

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November 21 – 24, 2013:  AMTA 2013 Conference, “Voices of the Sea”

Becky Watson, MBA, founder of Music 4 Wellness, LLC attended the American Music Therapy Conference in Jacksonville.  Pictured below is Janalea Hoffman of Rhythmic Medicine:  www.rhythmicmedicine.com and Judith Pickering of Music 4 Life:  music4life.us.

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November 18, 2013:  Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hampton, VA, Veterans Thrive in Rhythm

Becky Watson, MBA, founder of Music 4 Wellness, LLC provided thriving rhythms with the Nursing Home Veterans at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Nursing Home in Hampton, VA.

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Music 4 Wellness, LLC provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music 4 Wellness programs and services may be found at:www.music4wellness.net

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November 17, 2013:  Christ the King Youth Group, Norfolk VA, “drums up gratitude”

Becky Watson, MBA, MT of Music 4 Wellness facilitated a drum circle with the Christ the King Church Youth Group in Norfolk, VA. The the teens expressed their gratitude through group empowered drumming and energetic Rhythms.

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Music 4 Wellness provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music 4 Wellness programs and services may be found at:www.music4wellness.net

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November 14, 2013: Knights of Columbus Council 367, “First Council of the South”, VA Spiritual Ceremony, Norfolk VA

Steve , Ron Schafer, Becky Watson of Music 4 Wellness, Bob Ebstein, Father Matthias, Ray, John Escuadra for Memorial Celebration at Knights of Columbus Council 367. Becky Watson provided ceremonial music with the Guitar and Native American Flute.

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Music 4 Wellness provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music 4 Wellness programs and services may be found at: www.music4wellness.net 

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November 7, 2013:  Holistic Hospice Care of the Veteran Conference in Hampton, VA

Yvonne Bailey, Palliative Care Social Worker, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hampton, VA; Becky Watson, founder and owner of Music 4 Wellness; and Mr. Nathaniel Milton, Chaplain, Bereavement Coordinator, Bon Secours.

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Mr. Ron Wright of Heartland, Becky Watson, Music for Wellness, and Dr. Jorge Cortina, MD VISN Clinical Champion for Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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Over 100 community, hospice and homecare professionals, Veterans Affairs professionals and volunteers attended the Holistic Hospice Care of the Veteran Conference in Hampton, VA.  Becky Watson, founder and owner of Music 4 Wellness, provided therapeutic angel harp music to illustrate how this medium could be utilized for patients and caregivers in hospice care.  Music 4 Wellness provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees.  Information on Music 4 Wellness programs and services may be found at: www.music4wellness.net

The mission of the Hampton Roads Veterans Community Partnership is to collaborate an enduring network of community, hospice and homecare professionals, VA professionals and volunteers working together to provide quality services through the end of life for all Hampton Roads Veterans.

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November 6, 2013:  Optimal Aging Symposium in Williamsburg, VA

Mr. Richard Boyden, President, and K. Joan Bender, Past President/Executive Director of Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, Inc. (CHCF) with Becky Watson, MBA, founder of Music 4 Wellness, and a Music Therapy Intern at Eastern State Hospital during Optimal Aging Symposium in Williamsburg, VA. Music 4 Wellness, LLC provides products and programs to enhance the quality of life in the supporting optimal aging and health of veterans, community heroes and retirees. Information on Music 4 Wellness programs and services may be found at:www.music4wellness.net

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Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, Inc. (CHCF) is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity that serves the greater Williamsburg area and is dedicated to providing caregiver support programs; establishing an adult day care center; and expanding respite services and resources for caregivers of senior family members needing assistance. For more information on CHCF:http://www.colonialheritagecommunityfoundation.org/

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October 31, 2013:  Halloween Dance Party, Hancock Geriatric Treatment Center, Rehab Services Staff Members, Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, VA 

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October 26, 2013:  Christ the King Open Mic Night, Norfolk, VA

During “Open Mic” Night, the Christ the King Church audience was Energized through Drumming facilitated by Becky Watson of Music for Wellness (music4wellness.net).

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October 20, 2013:  Christ the King Youth Group, Confirmation Class

Becky Watson of Music for Wellness facilitated a drum circle with the Christ the King Church Confirmation Education Class in Norfolk, VA. Drumming contributed to the teens feeling more “connected” to their own body, to each other, and their relationship with God.

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October 19, 2013:  Camp Lighthouse, Williamsburg, VA

During Camp Lighthouse in Williamsburg, VA, Becky Watson of Music for Wellness provided drumming and led music services for children, teens and adults dealing with the loss of a loved one.

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During Camp Lighthouse, trained professionals and volunteers helped children and their families explore issues related to grief, walked beside them as they start to take steps towards healing. Also pictured is Ms. Kimberly Flemming, Medical Social Worker, Sentara Greater Peninsula Hospice. For more information on Camp Lighthouse: http://www.sentara.com/Services/Hospice-Services/Pages/Camp-Lighthouse.aspx. Information on Music for Wellness programs and services may be found at:www.music4wellness.net

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October 18, 2013:  Langley Air Force Base Behavioral Health Flight staff “beats out stress” through drumming during In-service. The photo includes Tad Timberlake, Becky Watson, MBA, MT, founder of Music 4 Wellness, and Capt Anita Yates, USAF, Langley AFB Behavioral Health Flight. Information on Music 4 Wellness programs and services may be found at:www.music4wellness.net — with Tad Timberlake.

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 October 4, 2013:  Global Music and Wellness Conference:  Arlene deSilva of Silva Consulting, an organization which assists with short and long-term strategic initiatives to improve quality and financial viability in senior care and the aging network.

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The Cincinnati Music & Wellness Coalition is holding its second music & medicine conference on October 4th in Cincinnati.   Presenters include Dr. Barry Bittman and  4 coalition members sharing their experiences facilitating HealthRHYTHMS and Clavinova Connection.

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September 20-22, 2013:  HealthRHYTHMS Adolscent Protocol Facilitator Training: with Margaret Sowry and Larry Dickson, MA, LPC

 

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Adolscent Protocol Training is the foundation of our HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Drumming Program for at-risk youth, and consists of a progression of 6 or 12 weekly sessions participants are guided through to facilitate communication and personal expression. Research has shown the program can result in numerous improvements including:

  • Improved school/work role performance
  • Improved behavior toward others
  • Reduced total anger
  • Reduced instrumental anger (aka “The Columbine Effect”)
  • Reduced interpersonal problems

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Horses for Heroes, Music Therapy Consultation: The HORSES HELPING HEROES PROJECT

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The Horses Helping Heroes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses the horse as a therapeutic modality for veterans. We provide NO COST equine-assisted activities and therapies for military and first responder veterans with special needs and disabilities. We are a PATH Int’l (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, International) member center and a member of TRAV (Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia).

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July 17, 2013:  Healthy Aging for Norfolk Public School Retirees

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June 30-July 1, 2013, Music Therapy Business Owners Retreat, Boston, MA

 

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June 28, 2013,  Walter Reed/Bethesda Hospital Clavinova Connection Training

Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute (YMWI) donated a new digital Clavinova piano to WRB, catalyzed through the suggestion of acclaimed classical pianist and YMWI Presidential Advisor, Byron Janis.   Maestro Janis performed at WRB on Wed., June 26th to inaugurate use of the piano during a 1200-1300 Stages of Healing concert in the America Bldg. iphone 7.28.2013 001                 iphone 7.28.2013 025

Training was also offered by Yamaha’s Clavinova trainer, Lori Frazer

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June 8, 2013, Eternawell Wellness Fair, Suffolk, VA

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June 1, 2013, St. Matthew’s Wellness Resource Fair, Norfolk, VA

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May 30, 2013, Norfolk Public Schools Special Education Program Celebration, Norfolk, VA with RoseAnn Fox

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May 17-18, 2013, HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator Training, Dr. Barry Bittman, MD and Christine Stevens

The HealthRHYTHMS Protocol is the foundation of our HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming Program, and consists of a series of 10 steps participants are guided through to facilitate communication and personal expression. Research has shown the results can include: increase in natural killer cell activity, reduction in stress and burnout rates, improvement in mood states, enhanced creativity and bonding, and more.

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Barry Bittman, MD
Barry Bittman is a neurologist, author, international speaker, researcher and innovator. As Chief Innovations Officer of the Meadville Medical Center in PA, Dr. Bittman has developed and tested comprehensive outcome-based, integrative medical programs promoting whole person patient-centered paradigms within conventional healthcare.

Christine Stevens, MSW, MA,  MT-BC
Christine Stevens is a board certified music therapist with over fifteen years of experience creating and implementing programs using rhythm and percussion for rehabilitation, health maintenance, and life enhancement. She has facilitated HealthRHYTHMS and recreational drum circles internationally and volunteered her time to work with victims & caregivers at Columbine High School and PS 150, near Ground Zero in New York City, and in New Orleans & surrounding areas following Hurricane Katrina.

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May 9, 2013, Drum Circle with Arthur Lopez, Norfolk, VA

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April 27, 2013,  Annual Women’s Retreat, Christ the King Catholic Church with Barbara Hughes

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April 20-21, 2013, Camp Light for Grieving Children, RRR Ranch, Chesapeake, VA

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