Storyteller Harlynne Geisler
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California Indian Storytelling Association has upcoming events and a newsletter.


Los Angeles County and Surrounding Area:

MONTHLY IN N. HOLLYWOOD. Cornucopia, An Hour of Storytelling and Other Delights at Actors Workout Studio 4735 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Coffee's ready and the doors open at 3:30 pm, show starts 3:45 pm sharp. Show is not for children. Tickets are $8. Make a reservation. Call (818) 506-3903. Direct all inquires regarding Cornucopia to


Long Beach Storytellers, Long Beach Storytellers invite storytellers and listeners to join us for a monthly gathering of story. No Membership or Fee required. Refreshments provided. Adults and children 8 and older are welcome. Gatherings are on the 1st Wednesday of the Month. Parking lot is located on the corner of Willow/Woodruff. Meeting Room is located in the Library. Open Telling Begins at 7:00pm (8 minute limit). Location Details: Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow Street. Long Beach, Ca. 90815. If you have any question or comments, contact us: or Contact: Nancy Wood-Conover, 1900 W First St., San Pedro, CA 90732

Verdugo Mountains Dreamshapers. Sunland-Tujunga. 2nd Sat. swap 7:45-10:00 p.m. Sunland-Tujunga Library; 7771 Foothill Blvd. 818.541.9449 or Diane MacInness 818-352-9605 or

Network of Biblical Storytellers, Los Angeles Branch. Last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm, St. Sophia Cathedral bookstore, 1324 S. Normandie, Los Angeles. Contact 323-938-1556.

Story Salon: Anything But Stand-Up, Wednesday nights at 8 pm, Jennifer's Coffee Connection, 4397-D Tujunga, Studio City. (818) 769-3622. Emphasis on personal and original stories.

Calabasas One weekend every June. Summer Solstice Folk Music, Dance & Storytelling Festival

Beverly Hills Library concerts for adults ($10) and for families (free). 310-288-2211.

Malibu monthly concert series. Tales By the Sea Malibu United Methodist Church across from Zuma Beach 30128 Morning View Dr. 7:30pm $10 includes Coffee and dessert at intermission Anne 310 -457-2385

Claremont Storytellers, Dorothy Chase 909.624.2928 Meetings: every 6 weeks, Sundays - 3:00 p.m.

Storytelling Club, Inland Valley Storytellers. Second Tues. of every mo., at 7:30pm - 8:30pm. 7:30pm Claremont Forum, 111 South College Avenue, Claremont, Free, donations accepted. (909) 645-9147. Arvee Robinson.

second Thurs. of the mo. Los Angeles Community Storytellers is a monthly storyswap group that was formed in 1981. On the Second Thursday of each month we gather at 7:30 p m to tell stories to each other. We have a time limit of 8 minutes and a rule of no reading. We encourage new comers and seasoned tellers alike. Occasionally we have guest tellers. We ask for a $3 --$5 donation to cover rent, refreshments, and mailings. NEW Meeting place: Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. contact: Audrey Kopp 310-823-7482 or Kathleen Zundell 310-455-2567.

Tuesdays Whittier Adult Storytelling Group 5-6 p.m. Los Nietos Community Center, 11640 E. Slauson Ave. 562-699-9898

Once a month with four sessions offered throughout the day from October through May, after which summer family programs take over. Los Angeles. Family storytelling. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. Free. 310-440-7300.

Pasadena Talespinners meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7 pm, Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena. Talespinners is a Toasmasters club specializing in storytelling. Email:

Pasadena 3rd Tuesdays. 7:30-9:30 pm San Gabriel Valley Storytellers. Hill Ave. Branch Library, 55 S. Hill. A meeting of storytellers and storyswap. Nick Smith, 626-792-8512,

Second Sundays are for Stories! sponsored by the Jewish Community Library; 3 pm; JCLLA WVJCC 323.761.8644; INFO@JCLLA.ORG; free

California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, California 90032-4226. General info: (323) 343-3000. The Division of Curriculum and Instruction at California State University, Los Angeles has a certificate program in Storytelling designed for persons who will be able to incorporate this knowledge as an integral part of the school curriculum. Certificate Program in Storytelling: EDEL 473 is the course "Story Telling for Teachers."

Culver City Sacred Song and Story every Sunday evening at 6 pm Culver-Palms United Methodist Church 4464 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City 310-390-7717 "Come and be refreshed in the deep waters of story, song, and prayer."

every Nov. Los Angeles Storytelling Festival - An all day festival features stories in a multicultural extravaganza at USC's Davidson Conference Center. For pre-registration and more information go to:

Orange County Area:

The South Coast Storytellers Guild meets on the third Thursday of most months at our Guild House - 2845 Mesa Verde Dr. East #5A, in Costa Mesa. An open story swap from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm or later is entertaining for story enthusiasts and storytellers alike. The swap is followed by an opportunity for informal networking (and snacking!). Join us and learn about storytelling in a friendly atmosphere. Drop by or call (949) 496-1960 for details. Workshops too.

Join Laura Beasley for Pajama Storytime every Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the SCSG Library in Piecemakers Village. (Pajamas optional). Guild House - 2845 Mesa Verde Dr. East #5A, in Costa Mesa. Join The Mother Who Tells Stories, Laura Beasley, every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the SCSG library in Piecemakers Village. Guild House - 2845 Mesa Verde Dr. East #5A, in Costa Mesa. (949) 496-1960.

Second Sundays Are for Stories Los Angeles, CA 3 p.m. Held at Jewish Community Centers citywide. 323-761-8644 INFO@JCLLA.ORG Free.

every Sat. and Sun. (Starting in 9/03 this will only be one weekend a month.) Santa Ana, South Coast Storytellers tells at Bowers Kidseum from 2-3pm, unless noted at 3:00 p.m. 1802 North Main Street. Call Nancy McQuillan at 714.625.0457

Santa Ana Zoo Stories - ( Every second Saturday of the month. Call the zoo at 714.480.1520 or call Nancy McQuillan, 714.625.0457

Wednesdays Orange Storytelling at Borders at the Block, City Drive 7 to 8PM. 949/496-1960

Wednesdays Mission Viejo Storytelling at Borders 25222 El Paseo, 7 to 8PM. 949/496-1960

Wednesdays Costa Mesa 10:00 a.m. Storytelling by Laura Beasley at Borders Books and Music, South Coast Plaza. 949-496-1960
Fridays Costa Mesa 10:00 a.m. Storytelling by Lauren Andrews at Borders Books and Music, South Coast Plaza. 949-496-1960

Orange Toastmasters Storytelling Club every Thursday, 7PM at Borders at the Block. Learn to tell stories in a supportive club. Info: Dave Chittenden 714.921.3776.

Borders Books and Music - SCSG Tellers - At the Block in Orange [Block is an entertainment complex off the 22 freeway and City Drive Exit] each Wed. at 7PM South Coast Storytellers Guild at 949.496.1960.

Borders Books and Music SCSG Tellers -At 25222 El Paseo, Mission Viejo, each Wednesday at 7PM South Coast Storytellers Guild at 949.496.1960.

White Rabbit Bookstore Lauren Andrews or Patti Christensen tells Saturdays at 2 PM at the South Coast Plaza White Rabbit. South Coast Storytellers Guild at 949.496.1960.

Second Sat. San Clemente. Open Mic 7:30 p.m. Baha'i Center Auditorium, 3316 Avenida del Presidente. 949-369-9278. Free. Singing, dancing, poetry, storytelling, etc. in good taste allowed.

Ventura County

Ventura County Storytellers, Oxnard Call: Sunny Church 805.652.7540, or Wilbur Daniel 805.385.7524 Sunny Church: Ventura County Library, 651 E. Main, Ventura, CA 93001 Meetings: 2nd Wednesdays - 7:00 p.m. At: Oxnard City Library, 251 South A Street, Oxnard

Ventura and Ojai Storytelling events for kids and adults, incl. annual festival.

Ventura Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel. Storytelling concert series. 805-646-8907

Santa Barbara /San Luis Obispo

Santa Barbara Storytellers Contact: Michael Katz, PO Box 91316, Santa Barbara CA 93190. 805. 963.1385. Meetings: 2nd Thurs. - 7:00 p.m. at Earthling Bookstore

San Luis Obispo T.A.L.E.S. Contact: Russell Swanagon, 1090 San Carlos Dr., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-5373. 805.772.3968. Meetings: every 6-8 weeks

Riverside/Redlands/Victorville/Palm Springs

Riverside Storytellers Guild, Contact: Sylvia Briskin, Riverside Library, 714.782.5213 Meetings: 2nd Tuesdays or 2nd Thursdays - 7:30 p.m. At: 2595 Horace Street, Riverside, CA 92506

Mojave Storytellers, Victorville Contact: Nancy Nielsen 619.245.2222 At: Victorville Library, 15011 Circle Drive, Victorville

Third Thurs. Palm Springs Desert Storytellers story swap. 7:30 p.m. Locations vary. 760-321-4097 or 776-9603

Monthly storytelling event given by Prophets & Liars at A.K. Smiley Library, 125 W. Vine Street, Redlands, CA 92373. Info: Jody Hoelle, 909-798-7945, P.O. Box 1401, Redlands CA 92373.

Prophets & Liars at Smiley Library, 125 W. Vine Street, Redlands, at 7:00 pm, every month. To confirm this and get dates, call Jody Hoelle at 909-798-7945.

San Diego County:

4th Wed. 7-9 p.m. Barnes and Noble 10775 Westview Parkway, 858-831-0537 Story swap. Bring a 5 minute story to tell. Call Marilyn 858-484-1325 or

Every 2nd and 4th Wed. San Diego. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Expressions Unlimited; Open Mic Jam Sessions for the Performing Arts @ Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market Street. New artist featured every time. All forms of spoken word and artistic expressions welcome: poetry, prose, stories, rap, fiction, drama, music and songs, etc. Anyone may attend/participate. Free. (619) 527-3405. Call to make sure this is still happening.

3rd Sun. of the mo. San Diego, Black Storytellers Association in San Diego monthly meetings 3 to 5 p.m. Open to anyone The Storytellers present workshops on the 4th Sunday from 2 until 3:15. From 3:30 to 4:30 they tell stories for families. Call to make sure this is still happening. Malcolm X branch of the San Diego Public Library, 5148 Market St. Library Phone: 619-527-3405. Call to confirm dates and times. (619) 422-7053

Every 4th Sunday of the month 2006 the Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc. host storytelling from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Malcolm X Public Library open to the public April 23rd May 28th August 27th September 24th June 25th July 23rd October 22nd 5148 Market Street · San Diego, CA 92114-2209

Tuesdays twice a month Rancho Bernardo Library, 17110 Bernardo Center Dr. Marilyn McPhie tells stories for ages 3+. 858-538-8163

Mon. evenings 6:45-7:15 p.m. Clairemont Library, 2920 Burgener Blvd., San Diego, 92110 Phone: (858) 581-9935 Pajama storytime with Betty W. Grant includes both storytelling and story reading.

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