Fueling The Passion

April 2009 Newsletter

Hi Folks,

We’ve got a need for beads at Beads of Courage. We’ve got about 7000 children enrolled in the programs across the country now and we go through lots and lots of Act of Courage beads as they work their way towards recovery. An Act of Courage bead is an artist-made bead of virtually any design or color, so it’s a good opportunity for you to stretch your color palette and design ideas. After a tough procedure the kids get to search though a collection of these beads to find a bead that means something to them. I’ve observed this selection process myself and they like to go through the box and examine each bead carefully to find that one bead that speaks to them. Months later they can tell you what it represents, so it is a meaningful experience.

Beads of Courage butterflyIf you’ve been thinking about donating beads now might be a good time to send a few off. It doesn’t have to be a big ‘ole bag, just whatever you’d like to pass along. If you’ve been donating all along, I want to thank you for your contributions and hope that maybe you’ve got a few more stashed away.

I know that there are challenges and other organized donations going on around the country. These efforts are appreciated more than you might know and they really do make a difference.

If you have any beads to spare please send them to:

Beads of Courage, Inc.
3331 N Riverbend Circle West
Tucson, AZ 85750

Beads of Courage hears

Thanks very much,
Robert Simmons
Director for Bead Donations
Beads of Courage



My how the times flies! Sorry this is late, but I was very busy last week getting ready for…and then going to the Las Vegas Glass Expo. This is always a great show and once again, it did not disappoint! This year included the first annual International Hot Glass Invitational (IHGI) which consisted of teams from around the world competing and creating some of the most incredible, unbelievable pieces of glass art you have ever seen! Seriously, like an 8′ high glass rocking chair! You have to check out the IHGI website….it shows the winners and also gives you the option to buy and view the video of the competition. It really was an amazing event.internationalhotglassinvitational.com

Okay, back to CA and local news. Carey added the vote page to the SCFS website. I know it seems silly because there is only one person to vote for (or our team of 2 in the hospitality chair) but it’s protocol for being an ISGB sub chapter, so we are just following the rules. And by the way, we are still in need of a raffle chairperson (description of duties on website) if anyone would like to step up. Please go online and send in a quick vote. We will close the vote on April 18th. I will announce the “winners” next month.

glass obsessions

Mike CloseOur first meeting of the year went very well at it’s new location, Glass Obsessions in Yorba Linda. We had a good turn out and we were charmed by Mike Close and his boro bead demos. Lots of goodies to snack on, new members, show & tells, it was a fun meeting. Our next meeting will be on June 20th at the Mandrel in Redondo Beach. Our bead exchange theme will be “SUMMER”…so let your imagination take you away! Activities/demo TBA soon.

There is a lot going on around So Cal…the Orange County Bead Society will hold there annual show at Bowers Museum on April 25th. This is an outdoor show with lots of goodies! This year the show will stop at 4 pm instead of 5 pm, so get there early, it starts at 10am. The L.A Bead Society will NOT be having their spring show, so try to make it to Bowers for all your beading needs 🙂 For more info:www.beadsocietyoc.org/bazaar/beadbazaar.html

isgb_miamiThere are classes galore! Check out the websites of your favorite shop…all the links are on our website at:www.socalflamesurfers.org/classes.htm Also, Joyce Rooks, an “original” member of the SCFS has all kinds of classes in San Diego and Brea. Check out her schedule (and beautiful photo!) at:www.joycerooks.com. If you are planning on attending the Gathering in July, registration has begun. You have to be an ISGB member (and you should be!) and you can register here:http://www.isgb.org/index.shtml Lots of great classes, all day glass demo seminars, open torch in the evenings, banquets….basically non stop activities! It’s a lot of fun!

We hope to see you are one of the bead shows and/or the next meeting in June. Make your plans now!

mtgAs always, be sure to check the SCFS website for all the meeting info, classes and current events in S. California. And if there is anything you would like us to add, please email Carey atadmin@socalflamesurfers.org

Happy Easter and Passover!

Judy Carlson
So Cal Flame Surfers

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