A Stories Alive/ Hearth Community collaborative event!

Join us on December 8th, at 7 pm at Temple Emek Shalom for an evening of storytelling produced and hosted by The Hearth Community. Storytellers from the Stories Alive crew will be sharing tales from their childhood alongside other Ashland community members.

The Hearth Community is a new model of community building based on personal storytelling, reflective listening, and community service. The Hearth Community develops community gatherings in which people explore, craft, and share stories from what they have lived.  The Hearth Community also raises money for non-profits in Southern Oregon through community storytelling events. Once a quarter we gather a handful of local folks to tell a true story, first person, based on a theme.  Past themes include: “Love Hurts,” “Tales from Childhood,” “Letting Go,” and “Wilderness Tales.” Each event includes live music (from bluegrass, to folk, to Celtic, to jazz) coordinated by Ashland fiddler Duane Whitcomb.

Admission to the event is a suggested $5 donation. Refreshments are available. All admissions benefit Stories Alive. 

Just in time for Halloween

 The Dog Who Got Lost In The Woods, by Sylvia Fox, Kindergarten.

The Dog Who Got Lost In The Woods, by Sylvia Fox, Kindergarten.

Happy Halloween!! We at Stories Alive have a spooky mystery for you on our latest Stories Alive! Podcast episode: The Haunted Story Machine. In this episode, you'll hear stories about all kinds people, and creatures, helping each other! Listen in to group of pumpkins looking for a home in "The Pumpkin Patch," by 1st grader Bella Cureno; a puppy in need of help in "The Dog Who Got Lost In The Woods," by kindergartener Sylvia Fox; a Halloween poem read by our young author Sophia DiMaggio; and one creature's search for a magic cure in "The Colorless Unicorn," by Bella Jones, 2nd grade.

You can listen to The Haunted Story Machine and all other Stories Alive! Podcast episodes at ijpr.org or iTunes.

The Story Machine Travels to Table Rock Elementary

 Randall the Reading Rat and crew travel to Table Rock Elementary for a Story Machine Program kick-off assembly!

Randall the Reading Rat and crew travel to Table Rock Elementary for a Story Machine Program kick-off assembly!

We are so excited to begin our 2016-2017 school year bringing the Story Machine Program (beginning Monday, October 3rd) to Table Rock Elementary.

The Story Machine Program begins with a 3-week long writer's workshop for students, which is open to the entire school! Young authors work on writing skills, the writing process, and elements of storytelling with us as they craft their stories. Some students choose to write amazing creative fiction; others write wonderful stories from their own life experiences. At the end of the workshop, Stories Alive will turn all this fabulous writing into published books, a live theatrical performance, and a podcast of audio theatre, sharing them with students, parents, and the larger community.

It is always amazing to see students become so excited to write!

Our 1st Annual Back to School Festival was a success!!

A HUGE thank you to Ashland Public LibraryAshland Family YMCA, OregonWHITE CLOUD PRESSThe Great American Pizza Company, @AZ Catering & Event PlanningCreekside Strings, the Ashland Middle School music program, local author and educator Matt Damon, our amazing Stories Alive volunteers and all the wonderful families who came out to support our First Annual Back to School Festival!!!!

We had over 200 participants join us today to celebrate and student learning and creativity. We can't wait to celebrate with you all again next year!!!

  "Give peas a chance!" Volunteer team leaders for the food fight finale of the festival, inspired by The Fall of General Custard: Or the Overthrow of a Leftover, by author Matt Damon.

"Give peas a chance!" Volunteer team leaders for the food fight finale of the festival, inspired by The Fall of General Custard: Or the Overthrow of a Leftover, by author Matt Damon.

  One of the four fabulous murals created by 100 young festival participants.

One of the four fabulous murals created by 100 young festival participants.

  Face paint artist Pam Galusha transforms a festival goer into a summer fox.

Face paint artist Pam Galusha transforms a festival goer into a summer fox.

  Oh no! Who will save that marshmallow? A crowd gathers to watch the Story Machine show, created by Stories Alive.

Oh no! Who will save that marshmallow? A crowd gathers to watch the Story Machine show, created by Stories Alive.

 A cupboard of fruit prepare for a crazy party on the kitchen countertop...All part of the story Save the Day, in the Story Machine show.

A cupboard of fruit prepare for a crazy party on the kitchen countertop...All part of the story Save the Day, in the Story Machine show.

 Jeanne Renaux and the Story Machine!

Jeanne Renaux and the Story Machine!

Listen to our FIRST podcast episode!

We are so excited to announce our first episode of the Stories Alive Podcast is now available! 

The Stories Alive podcast is a partnership between Jefferson Public Radio and Stories Alive. The podcast is a fun, unique audio theatre experience for all ages. Each episode features three to four amazing, original stories written by elementary students. Stories Alive brings them to life with professional actors, sound designers and musicians. Randal the Reading Rat is your host, along with his good friends, Nut, Bolt, and the Story Machine.

Live-stream episodes on the JPR website as they become available, or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes as of September 17th, 2016.  If you have feedback on the show, or would like to contact show producer Ana Byers, write to us at storiesalive@hotmail.com.

Thanks for listening!