Rancho Los Cerritos to Host “A Harvest of Stories,” Storytelling Workshops

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Storytelling Workshops

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, in conjunction with the South Coast Storytellers Guild, presents “A Harvest of Stories,” a Family Festival on Saturday, October 26, between 1-4 p.m. During the morning, Guild members will offer storytelling workshops designed for educators, families, museum docents, singers, actors and all who love stories. Reservations are required by October 18 for the workshops, and there is a $25 fee; to register, call the Rancho at (562) 570-1755.

The Storytelling Workshops include:

Teach and Touch-Creative Storytelling Across the Curriculum, presented by Linda King Pruitt Unlock your imagination as you play with story and find exciting ways to add spark to the Common Core Standards and creative to your classroom curriculum!

Story Play for Children and Families, presented by Debra Weller Throughout the morning, children and families are invited to participate in active storytelling games using improvisation, imagination and puppets to form stories.

Telling Your Own Story, presented by David Chittenden and Diana SpiritHawk Learn how to develop your own story based on your life experience and personal memories.

Bringing Characters to Life, presented by David Whiting Explore how to create a look, a sound and feelings and motivations for the characters that your story needs an audience to care about.

Paint Your Stories in Words and Gestures, presented by Cynthia Callard Learn how to use changes in voice to portray multiple characters in a story, and how to enhance your stories with appropriate gestures to emphasize actions.

Sense Memory and Visualization in Storytelling, presented by Ellen Switkes This unique, interactive workshop combines sense memory experiences and guided visualizations to prepare children to hear and follow a story.

These workshops are taught by talented members of the South Coast Storytellers Guild. The Guild celebrates the oral tradition of storytelling through entertaining performances, educational workshops, community service and the development of student storytellers. Many of its members are educators themselves, who employ storytelling methods in the classroom to engage students. Others accompany their stories with music and encourage sing-a-longs during their performances. For information on the Guild, check their website at www.storyguild.com.

In addition to the morning workshops, the Rancho will host a Family Festival that same day between 1-4pm. The afternoon Festival is $3/person or $10/family, payable at the gate. The historic Rancho Los Cerritos adobe home will be open throughout the afternoon for tours.

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach and offers free tours Wednesday-Sunday afternoons between 1-5pm. Built in 1844, the two-story adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern and urban society it is today. The Rancho, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. For more information please call (562) 570-1755, or visit the website at www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.con/rancholosc.

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