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Area 12 Newsletter
June 2012
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
West Coast Handbell Supply
Heitz Handbells
Bells of the Cascades 2013 Cruise
Ring Bells in Tuscany
Bay Bells Seeks Director
Bell Loan Program
Area 12 Board
Upcoming Concerts
A Message From the Chair
Area 12 Happenings
Calendar of Events
Advertising Rates

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Bay Bells, one of the nation's longest running community handbell ensembles, is currently in search of a music director.


Bay Bells is an advanced handbell ensemble based in Palo Alto, California. The ensemble brings enthusiasm and creativity to the table and musical artistry to performance. We seek a director interested in sharing and shaping a dynamic vision for the future.


Currently rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. The director's job is a part-time, salaried position scheduled to begin as soon as fall 2012.


For additional details, contact Kathy Arnold via phone at 650.962.0375 or via email to kathy@thearnolds.net. To find out more about Bay Bells, go to www.baybells.org.


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Area 12 Bell
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Teachers, would you like the use of a 3 octave set of handbells or chimes to add a new dimension and interest to your music class?  Area 12 encourages schools and other educational institutions (both public and private) to develop educational programs using handbells and handchimes. To support the development of such programs, Area 12 has  2 sets of 3 octaves  of handbells and 3 sets of 3 octaves of  handchimes for loan. Deadlines for applications is 5/31 for the Fall Semester and 10/30 for Spring Semester.To learn more about the responsibilities and procedures for participating in this program Click Here
Area 12 Board
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Elected Officers:
Chair.........................Rima Greer
Past Chair...................P.L. Grove
Chair Elect.............Laurie Sanders
Treasurer.................Kathy Arnold
Secretary.......Sue Coddington-Allen

Appointed Officers:
Communication............P.L. Grove
Webmaster......................Mel Tully
Events........................William Kyle
Education...............Tess Houston

Regional Coordinators:
NorCal...................Nancy Schmitt
Bay Area..................Julie Vaquilar
CenCal.........................Lori Smith
LAMetro.................Pearl Marshall
SoCal....................Michele Sharik
Nevada.................Barbara Walsh
Hawaii...................Karen Carlisle

Local Liaisons:
Las Vegas.................Dixie Bailey
Upcoming Concerts
at a Glance:

Please check the Calendar of Events below for full details. 

Area 10

June 25, 2012
7 p.m.
Vivace (from Puerto Rico)
in concert
First Unitarian Church
Eliot Chapel
1011 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, Oregon

Northern California

June 24, 2012
9:55 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Bel Tempo
in worship service and in concert
Northminster Presbyterian Church
3235 Pope Avenue
Sacramento, California

SF Bay Area

June 2, 2012
7 p.m.
Low Ding Zone
with the Coastside Chorale
Coastside Lutheran Church
900 Cabrillo Highway North
Half Moon Bay, California

June 3, 2012
4 p.m.
Velocity Handbell Ensemble
performs Rhythm and Bells
First Covenant Church
4000 Redwood Road
Oakland, California

June 27, 2012
7 p.m.
Vivace (from Puerto Rico)
in concert
Walnut Creek U.M.C.
1543 Sunnyvale Avenue
Walnut Creek, California

July 3, 2012
7 p.m.
Vivace (from Puerto Rico)
in concert
Valley Church
10885 N. Stelling Road
Cupertino, California

Central California

July 2, 2012
7 p.m.
Vivace (from Puerto Rico)
in concert
First Congregational Church
5 Real Road
Bakersfield, California

LA Metro

June 2, 2012
5:10 p.m.
LA Bronze
before, during & after worship
First Lutheran Church
2900 West Carson Street
Torrance, California

June 10, 2012
2 p.m.
Carillon and Wesleyan Ringers
in concert
First United Methodist Church
410 E. Broadway
Glendale, California

June 24, 2012
7 p.m.
The Carol, Celebration & Tower Ringers
of Annandale, Virginia in concert
La Verne Church of the Brethren
2425 E Street
La Verne, California

June 25, 2012
7 p.m.
The Carol, Celebration & Tower Ringers
of Annandale, Virginia in concert
Fullerton United Methodist Church
114 N. Pomona Avenue
Fullerton, California

July 1, 2012
3:30 p.m.
Area 12 Conference
Final Massed Concert
Disneyland Hotel
South Exhibit Hall
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, California

Southern California

June 26, 2012
7 p.m.
The Carol, Celebration & Tower Ringers
of Annandale, Virginia in concert
Hope United Methodist Church
16550 Bernardo Heights Parkway
San Diego, California

June 27, 2012
7 p.m.
The Carol, Celebration & Tower Ringers
of Annandale, Virginia in concert
Graham Presbyterian Church
875 C Avenue
Coronado, California

To view all the events on the Area 12 calendar click here

Or go to the Areas portion of the web site (click on your state or area at top of home page) to see which concerts and events are happening near you.

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We're just a few short weeks away from Disneyland. If you're registered for the conference, make sure you've got your hotel registration and park tickets confirmed. The discounts are dwindling, so don't delay in finalizing your plans! Wow! Bells, concerts, great people, and Mickey all in one place. What a great summer it's going to be!
A Message from the Chair
 Rima Greer 


Greetings everyone! Happy summer!


I have to say it's been a wonderful and wild ride being your chair for the past two years, but it's time to pick someone new to take over for me in September. Yep, it's election time! You may have already received your ballot by now - if not, you will shortly. Remember, this is YOUR Guild, so you should definitely vote for your area officers. Up for grabs are Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.


Now it used to be that all you got was a ballot with a statement from the candidates. Maybe you never met these people, and maybe you have no idea how to vote. But now you have an opportunity to meet your candidates before you vote! Most of the folks running will be at the conference at Disneyland, so come on by and say hello, and find out for yourself who has the vision to lead your Guild forward.


You can place your ballot in the ballot box at the conference, or you can mail it in before or after the conference. Just remember, you only get ONE ballot - don't lose it because we can't replace it! And make sure you mail it no later than July 15th!


OK, enough business - it's almost time to play! I can't wait to see you all at Disneyland!



Area 12 Chair


Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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As we careen into summer and towards Disneyland, there are definitely some big ticket items I need to mention.

  • First, please consider donating an item to our Silent Auction. This is how we are able to loan bells and chimes to schools and support our scholarship program for ringers and directors to attend our conferences. It's really important, so please send something in right away!
  • Second, if you're an Area 12 member, you've probably received your ballot in the mail by now. As Rima mentioned, please make sure you don't lose it, and remember to either mail it in or bring it with you to the Disneyland conference.
  • Third, if you live in the LA area or have friends there, don't forget that the final massed concert on Sunday, July 1st at 3:30 is open to the public. It's free - except for parking - so tell your friends to stop by for the concert, and then head on in to the park or to Downtown Disney for dinner afterwards.
  • And last - but certainly not least - if you're registered for the conference and wish to share a piece at the daily recital, make sure you sign up for that. Space is limited, and groups/individuals will be invited to play on a first come, first served basis.

You can read more details about the above highlights below, so make sure you get all the information and come prepared to be...well...happy at the Happiest Place on Earth!  


P.L. Grove
Communications Director

The Silent Auction Needs YOU!
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As a non-profit, one of the most important things we can do is give back to the community. Oh sure, we get all caught up in making music with our instrument, but wouldn't it be great if you could help someone else learn to play music? Well, you can! And you don't have to be a music teacher to do it!

Once again this year we have the help of an amazing person - Norma Rose - who had spearheaded our Silent Auction for many, many years. Proceeds from the auction go to help support the Area 12 handbell and handchime loan program to get bells into schools. The funds are also used to support our scholarship programs to send ringers and directors to conferences like the Area 12 Disneyland conference and even National Seminar.  

We don't have to remind you that in today's economic climate, funds for these types of programs are slim pickins'. YOU can help simply by cleaning out your closet or garage and finding an item worthy of our Silent Auction. Perhaps you have CDs or DVDs that you can donate. Or maybe you are particularly crafty and have homemade clothing or food items. Past clinicians have donated their skills in the form of a workshop or concert (wouldn't that be cool to have a fabulous performance at your church or school?). And at a National event, Fred Gramann has even donated his PANTS (autographed, of course - and no, not everyone could get away with that, so you might want to think of something else).

Whatever worthy item you might have, we need it, and we need it NOW! Remember that you do not have to be attending the conference to donate to the Silent Auction. Simply download the form from the web site, fill it out, and send it to Norma. 

In case you're still unsure, we've added some incentives this year for you to donate early and often. Prizes will be award to:
  • The individual who submits the first donation form.
  • The individual who submits the first donation form by snail mail. 
  • The bell choir that submits the most donations.
  • And...for every Silent Auction donation you make, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate that can be used at Disneyland. The more times you donate, the more entries you get, and the more chance you will have to win. The gift certificate can be used to help with your hotel costs, to buy dinner, or to purchase a Disney souvenir of the event.

If you ARE attending the event, you should definitely donate an item - or six! If you are unable to bring your donation(s) with you to the event, you can send them to Norma Rose via the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, 16575 Shannon Road, Los Gatos, California, 95032. But time is running out, so hurry! 


Donation forms can be downloaded from the Area 12 Web site and should be mailed or emailed to Norma as soon as possible.   

To find out more about the Silent Auction and download the form, click here. 

Donate Now! (and donate later, too....)


Non-Registrants Can Attend Disney Massed Concert!
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If you have friends or family in the Los Angeles area, you won't want them to miss the opportunity to attend the final massed concert at Disneyland on Sunday, July 1. Or perhaps you can't attend the conference this year, but live in the area and have Sunday afternoon free.

As always, the final massed concert is free and open to the public, and we encourage you to spread the word to others that they can and should attend. The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. in the South Exhibit Hall. While there is no charge, the Disneyland Hotel does charge for on-site parking.

Make plans now to spend the day listening to some great music and perhaps enjoying the Disney parks or dinner in Downtown Disney. We've got three great conductors, three brand new premieres of commissioned works, and the concert opens up with music by Nevada's community ensemble, Tintabulations. You won't want to miss it!
Call for Disneyland Recital Participants
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As part of the track system, at the end of each day, we offer a recital so there is also some ringing along with the classroom setting. The daily recital is a chance for participants to learn what happened in other tracks, as well as share a bit of ringing and special techniques learned during the day.

Individual groups or soloists also have a chance to share what they've been ringing throughout the year. Now is your opportunity to sign up to share a piece at the Friday or Saturday recitals, expected to begin around 5 pm each day. Note there is no "warm-up" or "practice" time for this event. Don't think of it as a concert, but simply as a time to share a selection with friends.

If you or your group would like to play a piece at one of the recitals, please contact Michèle Sharik, Disneyland Concert Coordinator (socal@areaxii.org) prior to June 15th. We look forward to hearing what you've been working on!
Treasure Hunt - Final Winners List
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In case you missed it, we've spent the last year having a treasure hunt leading up to the Disneyland conference. The prizes were a mixture of Disney gift cards, evening park tickets, restaurant gift certificates and Disney Dollars. 

If you didn't win, there is still one MORE prize that will be given out in a drawing from the Silent Auction contributors, so make sure you get your auction items in ASAP. The more items you submit, the more chance you have to win.

And thanks to all of you who braved a guess (or two) this past year. We want to take a moment to congratulate all of the winners:
    • August 2011: Barbara Meinke
    • September 2011: Linda Krantz
    • October 2011: Nancy Jessup
    • November 2011: Beckie Wiley
    • December 2011: Sandy Haynes
    • January 2012: Cindy Ksiazek
    • March 2012: Lori Kenward
    • April 2012: Sandi Tansley
    • May 2012: D.L. Shearer


For now, all the treasure has been found

But our lives won't be empty for too long

A new treasure is coming...in the form of sound 

When Disneyland is full of handbell song 

Yo ho, Yo ho!


SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hello, SoCal!

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the senior recital of Elizabeth Mays, who has now earned a Bachelor of Arts in Handbell Performance from the University of Redlands. Please join me in congratulating her on her amazing accomplishment! WAY TO GO BETH! *\0/* (cheering!)

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Elizabeth Mays - Class of 2012 




When asked where she would go from here, Beth replied, "I'm going to Disneyland!" Looking forward to seeing you there, Beth, at the 2012 Area 12 Festival Conference!





And now for some old business: As usually happens at events like Spring Ring, we have a few items that have been lost and found. This year, here's what we've got:



  • Ball-headed hex wrench (Schulmerich bell adjustment tool)
  • Director's copy 2-3 octave "Processional and Joyful Dance"
  • Best of Big Band Sound 3 CD set (found in parking lot)



  • Zip-up gray hooded jacket with a large black plaid pattern


Please let me know if any of the found items are yours, or if you found the lost item!


I also want to let you know that the dates for next year's Spring Ring that were printed on the concert program are WRONG (oops!). The real dates are Friday and Saturday, April 19 & 20, 2013. Michael Glasgow will be our conductor. Also: we're looking for a venue for next year's event, so if you have a venue big enough for massed ringing PLUS classes, please let me know!


And last but not least, I would love to have your feedback on this year's event. I would appreciate it if you could take a few moments and fill out this survey. Feel free to forward the link to other ringers who were there, as I want to hear from them, too! This survey is anonymous, so please be honest. We can't fix things if we don't know they're broken.




As always, watch our Facebook page for the latest SoCal handbell news.


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The Southern California Region is all of Imperial & San Diego Counties, and most of Riverside & San Bernardino Counties.


LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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Greetings Fellow LA Metro Ringers!


I hope all of your concerts went well this season. I know a few people still have performances planned for June. Directors and ringers should be thanked for all the hard work they put in to present handbell music in this way. Concerts are a great opportunity to share our music with a wider audience.


Our Fall Ringers Workshop flyer and registration form are ready and available on the LA Metro web page. We're not going to split into divisions this year. Instead, we are offering twice as many class opportunities for all attending! We will also rehearse two massed pieces. We are only asking choirs to come with their own copies of the first title, the second will be borrowed from Area 12. The workshop is being held on October 6 at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. Please feel free to contact me with any questions (or even suggestions!) you may have.


Plans for the Youth Handbell Festival are coming together as well. The flyer and registration form for this event are also available on the LA Metro web page. This is an event specially designed for ringers in middle and high school. There will be opportunities for massed ringing as well as classes and activities appropriate for our ringing pre-teens and teens. It will be a fast-paced, high-energy day lead by charismatic and engaging handbell teachers and directors. All choirs that include youth of this age range are encouraged to participate.


March 2 is the tentative date for Spring Ring 2013. Composer Michael Joy of the acclaimed Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble will be our clinician. However, we are still looking for an affordable venue. Please contact me if you know of a place that could accommodate our event.


Counting the days 'til Disneyland!


Pearl Marshall

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CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
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Hello CenCal Ringers!


Our ringers in the Central Coast region held their 12th Annual Central Coast Spring Ring at Atascadero United Methodist Church back in late April. Guest conductors were favorites Mel Tully and Mary Balkow. The emphasis on techniques was welcomed by all. Ten local bell choirs prepared, polished, and presented in concert four pieces in concert as a massed choir. And six of those choirs also shared their own groups' solos. Mary had another trick up her sleeve for everyone by quickly teaching a bell processional to open the concert. Mel skillfully shepherded everyone through the complex and beautiful Antiphonal Fanfare. MJ Basti shared his talents on the tenor saxophone as he accompanied Standin' in the Need of Prayer. Thy Holy Wings was truly lovely, and King of Kings and Lord of Lords wowed the packed audience (standing room only) with its progressively faster tempos. And I remember it was all topped off with lovely blue skies and delicious strawberries!


Those of you attending the Area 12 conference at Disneyland this summer will have the pleasure of hearing Vivace, a spectacular group of young ringers from Puerto Rico. But if the Magic Kingdom is not on your personal planning calendar, there is still a local opportunity to see this group when they pass through Bakersfield on Monday July 2:


Vivace in concert

Monday, July 2 - 7:00 pm

First Congregational Church

5 Real Road

Bakersfield, California

Contact: Rev. Jenell Mahoney



Make sure you come out and support this fabulous group! 


Happy Ringing!


Lori Smith, CenCal Regional Coordinator  

SF Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
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Hello, Bay Area Ringers!


Before your ringers take a break for the summer, make plans so see Vivace in concert when they make their way here all the way from Puerto Rico. They are headed to the west coast to perform and teach at the Area 12 and Area 10 conferences, but they will also perform five concerts on the west coast while they're here. And there is not one, but TWO opportunities to see them while they are here in the SF Bay Area, so don't miss it!


  • Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 7 pm
    Walnut Creek United Methodist Church

    1543 Sunnyvale Avenue

    Walnut Creek, California
  • Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at 7 pm
    Valley Church

    10885 N. Stelling Road

    Cupertino, California


An offering will be taken at both concerts to help with tour expenses. Check theArea 12 calendar for contact information and more details. And remember, it's much more fun to see handbell concerts with handbell friends, so make sure you bring a crowd. Here's a teaser of what Vivace can do with bells:




And we have the chance to see them live and in-person this summer!


In other news, Bay Bells performed its Triptychs concert this past May. The repertoire featured trios of related songs from variations of Ave Maria to popular video game tunes. The May 18th concert celebrated William Kyle's tenth anniversary as Bay Bells director. Past members participated in an impromptu performance of Try to Remember under the direction of P.L. Grove. After ten years, William is stepping down as the director of Bay Bells. He will still be active in other Handbell Ventures activities, but he will be missed as the Bay Bells maestro. Best wishes, William!


A door closes and opportunity knocks! Bay Bells - which just completed its 26th season, making it one of the longest-running community choirs in the country - is looking for a new director. The group has performed a diverse repertoire ranging from the classics to familiar movie songs to contemporary and original handbell pieces arranged or commissioned especially for the group. For more details, see Other Opportunities on the Bay Area web page.  


On May 12, the San Francisco State University Handbell Choir performed a joint concert with the Temple Hill Vocal Choir in Menlo Park. Both groups featured Americana/gospel songs during the concert. In addition, bell and vocal choirs joined together to perform Siyahamba, a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute, and Arnold Sherman's American Tapestry. By the way, the San Francisco State University handbell choir is looking for additional ringers for its fall semester. Details are on the Bay Area web page.  


As always, check the Area 12 calendar and the Bay Area web page for upcoming local concerts.  


Julie Vaquilar



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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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Dear Musicians,


Summer is fast approaching, and I have just three things to say.


First of all, if you are not planning to attend the Area 12 Disneyland conference, there is still an opportunity for you to hear Vivace Handbell Ensemble from Puerto Rico perform in our local area. They are doing a West Coast tour before and after the conference and will be in Redding on Tuesday, June 26. Concert time is 7:00 p.m. and will be held at St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive. Don't miss it!


Second, the Disneyland Conference is June 28- July 1. There will be plenty of magical tracks to attend or perhaps you are joining over 400 ringers in the massed ringing day on Sunday. That sound should guarantee a magical experience! Plus don't forget the discounted park tickets to fill your evening magic. I understand you need to purchase them before you arrive, so make sure you take care of that soon.


Third, mark your calendars now for the fifth annual Redding Handbell Festival which will be held October 13, 2012 at Simpson University. Mary Balkow will be our director and ringers from her community group, Bel Tempo, will lead several of the classes. You might also want to consider Ringin' in the Red Zone with the bronze choir, which is also part of the festival and will be directed by Larry Sue. It starts the night before, October 12, and concludes with the Saturday afternoon performance.


All of these events are included on the Area 12 calendar, or e-mail me if you have questions.



Nancy Schmitt

 Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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Practice, practice, practice for Disneyland....


Come up for air to take care of a few things - elections, Silent Auction items, tell friends to come hear us ring at Disney....


And then back to practice, practice, practice.....   


Barbara Walsh  

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
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Aloha all!


I hope everybody is well as most of us wind up our season and head into our summer break. We have eight people going to Disneyland representing Hawaii, and we have one person who used to live here and now lives in Guam who will also be joining us.


We are very excited about the conference this year at Disneyland. We know that a trip like this for many people may not be possible, so we want to share our experience. For any of you on Facebook we have started a new group, Hawaii Handbells-Handbell Musicians of America Area XII Hawaii Region. This is a place where everybody can stay connected and share experiences and information on what your choir is doing. In addition, I have periodically been putting up technique information on the page. It is a great place to ask questions, put up funnies that happen in your choir and keep informed on the handbell experiences in our area, including locally here in Hawaii. I hope you will come join us.

Karen Carlisle

Reminder: Upcoming National Events   
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Here's a quick reminder that this summer's National Seminar is in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Distinctly Bronze East returns once again to New Bern, North Carolina.


National events are a great way to increase your knowledge of the instrument and test your skills at a more advanced level. 


To find out more about these exciting National ringing and learning opportunities, go to the National web site.

Calendar of Events    June-July


Saturday, June 2, 2012, 5:10 pm LA Bronze plays before during and after the 5:30 worship service, First Lutheran Church, 2900 West Carson Street, Torrance, California. For information contact Linda Krantz at ringwithme@sbcglobal.net.


Saturday, June 2, 2012, 7 pm Low Ding Zone performs as guest artists with the Coastside Chorale, Coastside Lutheran Church, 900 Cabrillo Highway North, Half Moon Bay, California. For more information, contact Caroline Harnly at charnly@sfsu.edu


Sunday, June 3, 2012, 4 pm Velocity Handbell Ensemble in its final full performance of its Rhythm and Bells concert, First Covenant Church, 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland, California. A freewill offering will be taken, and a reception will follow the concert. For more information go to www.velocitybells.org.  


Sunday, June 10, 2012, 2 pm Carillon Ringers and Wesleyan Ringers in concert, First United Methodist Church, 410 E. Broadway, Glendale, California. For more information contact Scott Leggett at salangelfan@earthlink.net


Sunday, June 24, 2012, 9:55 am and 11:15 am Bel Tempo in worship service (9:55) and in concert (11:15), Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3235 Pope Avenue, Sacramento, California. For information contact Mary Balkow at rmbalkow@sbcglobal.net.


Sunday, June 24, 2012, 7 pm The Carol, Celebration and Tower youth handbell choirs of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church of Annandale Virginia will present a concert on their way to attend the Area 12 Disneyland conference, La Verne Church of the Brethren, 2425 E Street, La Verne, California. For information, contact Nancy Cappel at  NCappel@StMatthewsUMC.org.


Monday, June 25, 2012, 7 pm Vivace (from Puerto Rico) in concert, First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. An offering will be taken to help cover tour expenses. For more information go to the Vivace West Coast Tour page or contact Ellie Hodder at nwwalk@spiritone.com.


Monday, June 25, 2012, 7 pm The Carol, Celebration and Tower youth handbell choirs of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church of Annandale Virginia will present a concert on their way to attend the Area 12 Disneyland conference, Fullerton United Methodist Church, 114 N. Pomona Avenue, Fullerton, California. For information, contact Nancy Cappel at NCappel@StMatthewsUMC.org.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7 pm Vivace (from Puerto Rico) in concert, St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, Redding, California. An offering will be taken to help cover tour expenses. For more information go to the Vivace West Coast Tour page or contact Nancy Schmitt at schmitt@awwwsome.com.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7 pm The Carol, Celebration and Tower youth handbell choirs of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church of Annandale Virginia will present a concert on their way to attend the Area 12 Disneyland conference, Hope United Methodist Church, 16550 Bernardo Heights Parkway, San Diego, California. For information, contact Nancy Cappel at NCappel@StMatthewsUMC.org.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 7 pm Vivace (from Puerto Rico) in Concert, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek, California. An offering will be taken to help cover tour expenses. For more information go to the Vivace West Coast Tour page or contact Carol Smith at carolsmith2@comcast.net.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 7 pm The Carol, Celebration and Tower youth handbell choirs of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church of Annandale Virginia will present a concert on their way to attend the Area 12 Disneyland conference, Graham Presbyterian Church, 875 C Avenue, Coronado, California. For information, contact Nancy Cappel at NCappel@StMatthewsUMC.org.


Thursday, June 28-Sunday, July 1, 2012 Handbell Musicians of America Area 12 Conference, Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim, California. Final Massed Ringing Concert on Sunday, July 1 is free and open to the public beginning at 3:30 pm. For more information, go to the Area 12 Conference Web Page.


Monday, July 2, 2012, 7 pm Vivace (from Puerto Rico) in Concert, First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road, Bakersfield, California. An offering will be taken to help cover tour expenses. For more information go to the Vivace West Coast Tour page or contact Reverend Jenell Mahoney at revjenell@bak.rr.com.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 7 pm Vivace (from Puerto Rico) in Concert, Valley Church, 10885 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino, California. An offering will be taken to help cover tour expenses. For more information go to the Vivace West Coast Tour page or contact Dave Ruder at daveruder@comcast.net.


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1. (b) Ad  designed and formatted by you that is exactly 100 pixels X 600 pixels and sent in a jpeg or gif file.

Cost:  $18 an issue    6 issues for $97  11 issues for $168

2.(a) A 1.5in. X 4in ad which can contain a picture or logo sent as a jpeg or gif file and will be hyperlinked to your website. You provide the text that will be formatted by the editor. 

Cost:  $15 an issue      6 issues for $81    11 issues for $140

2.(b) A 1.5in. X 8 in. ad which contains a picture or logo sent as a jpeg or gif file and will be hyperlinked to your website.  You provide the text that will be formatted by the editor.

Cost:  $27 an issue    6 issues for $146  11 issues for $252

Payment is due before publication.
DEADLINE is the 24th of the month

Please submit your ads to P.L. Grove, Communications Director via e-mail at info@areaxii.org.

Make checks payable to AGEHR Area 12
and send to:
Kathy Arnold, Treasurer
1228 Isabelle Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94040