Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Eureka City Council Renews Relationship with Sister City

The Times-Standard reported on Eureka-Kamisu sister cities today:
… [T]he council unanimously approved adopting a resolution reaffirming the sister-city relationship between Eureka and Kamisu, Japan. 
According to an agenda summary, the relationship between Eureka and Kamisu was established in 1991 to promote culture exchange, but has fallen off over the years. In 2010, the city's membership in Sister Cities International lapsed. 
The approved resolution reaffirms the council's support of a continued sister-city relationship with Kamisu and authorizes $500 to re-establish membership in Sister Cities International, a nonprofit that works to connect and strengthen sister cities.
Councilwoman Melinda Ciarabellini said she thought passing the resolution was a wonderful idea. 
"I know a family who hosted Japanese exchange students and it was just so fun to talk with them," she said. "It's amazing all of the things we find we have in common. I am excited about this. I hope we hear from a delegation soon."

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Calligraphy Workshop: Tai Ji and Qi Gong in Motion

Pearl Weng-Liang Huang

Presented by guest artist Pearl Weng-Liang Huang.

Saturday, March 30, 2013
10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
D Street Neighborhood Center, Arcata

Registration: Contact All Under Heaven, (707) 825-7760
$50 Enroll by March 15
$65 Drop in day of workshop
$5 for discount with Student ID
Cost includes all art supplies needed for class. No previous experience needed.

Chinese Folktale Storytelling with Pearl Weng Liang Huang

Meet Pearl for an evening of sharing and reading folk stories from her childhood in Chinese and English. Free and open to the public.

Friday, March 29, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall)
Humboldt State University

About the artist

Pearl Weng Liang Huang will introduce the concept and method of working with brush and ink as a form of moving meditation. Group and individual participation will integrate the practice of chinese calligraphy with Tai Ji and Qi Gong.

Born in China, and trained in Chinese calligraphy, music and the arts, Pearl's life long practice of brush calligraphy as Tai Ji/Qi Gong moving meditation is the tradition of her family’s Living Tao Tai Ji form, and the teachings of her elder brother, Tai Ji Master, Chungliang Al Huang.
“Qi Gong is life force, and Tai Ji movement is the living form of life’s dance harmonizing with nature. Chinese brush calligraphy is Tai Ji and Qi Gong in motion, which can enhance our energy and maintain physical, emotional and spiritual balance.”
Many of the original forms and spiritual meanings of the powerful images of Chinese written language have sustained throughout the ages. Learning to create the symbols of the Chinese language through brush calligraphy is not only an aesthetic expression; it is also a way of life. It can express beauty, emotion, and primordial life force. Practicing Chinese calligraphy is a meditation for us to harmonize with nature and the Dao.

Pearl lives in Taos, New Mexico and offers classes and workshops in her studio, Ru Yi. For more information: or the HSU APASA Site:

This workshop is sponsored by All Under Heaven and is being presented in conjunction with Humboldt State University's Asian Pacific Islander American Student Alliance. This and other events are part of a weeklong festival March 25-30, 2013.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Finding Bliss: Chanoyu and Yoga

Click through to enjoy reading this article on the complementary Ways of Tea and Yoga.