Saturday, July 7, 2012

Welcome to an hour and a half of bliss!
Starting this Monday, July 9th, 2012
Come, linger, sip a cold lemonade, and listen to some beautiful music!

a four-part series featuring BIG BAND MUSIC, CLASSICAL, OPERA and ARIA, and, in the final week, a chance to bring your own favorite most beautiful music!

WHERE:  Valley Village Senior Apartments

WHEN: 1:30- 3:00pm
             Mondays in July

COST: $5 a class

INSTRUCTOR: Fiera Mooney

email:  to RSVP

Fiera Mooney, Harvard graduate, is a big lover of all kinds of music, and looks forward to facilitating great discussions. We  hope that this class is the start of a wonderful weekly music lovers' emporium!
                                           Come, listen, laugh, cry, share, dance!

              The Most Beautiful Music in the World

Come to chill and thrill on Magical Mondays, from 1:30- 3:00 pm  to the sounds of 
music that makes life worth living, even when the chips are down!

Fiera Mooney, a Harvard graduate and owner of Music For Life Studios, will be your personal DJ and discussion leader, as we travel each week into a world of 1. Big Bands, 2.Classical Music, 3.Operas and Arias, and, last week 4. An eclectic bash of listeners' choices.

WHERE: Valley Village Senior Apartments: CLUBHOUSE
                12111 Chandler Boulevard
                Valley Village, CA 91607
                (at Laurel Canyon)
                Street Parking available.

WHEN: Mondays in July 2012, from 1:30-3:00 pm

COST: $5.00 a class


It is our hope that this will be a regular gathering, filled with good spirit, a musical

Thanks to Valley Village Senior Apartments for providing the CLUBHOUSE space!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

1st Anthology Release Party Monday June 13, 2011

Please Join
The Tea and Tales Writers' Group
for a celebration
of the publication
of their original writing!
Monday, June 13, 2011 at 1:30pm

Thanks to Arlene Torluemke
Programs for Older Adults
for publishing the first anthology!

Members from the group will be reading poems, stories, essays from the anthology
And, better yet, attendees will receive a free copy!

You can attend this event for free by rsvp-ing:
Attendance is limited.
We are very excited! More information to come. Watch this space!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Images from Haynes Brooke Playwriting Salon

Thanks to all who made this Salon such a success!

Photo One: The grand cake for the joyous occasion!

Photo Two: Nora and Jim Karr, who interviewed Haynes Brooke, with fellow Tea and Tales colleague, Julia Wiles

Photo Three: Tea and Tales Writers Anne Cohen and Sidney Ochs, with Haynes Brooke

Photo Four: Members of the Tea and Tales Writing Group with Haynes Brooke: (clockwise) Julia Wiles, Larry Kal, Haynes Brooke, Joe Jelikovsky, Nora Karr, James Karr, Allan Lurie, Sidney Ochs, Sam Krause, Jeanette Kassouny, and Anne Cohen

Please stay tuned for news of our June Event:
The Tea and Tales Anthology Release Party, Monday, June 13, 2011.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Here Comes The Sun: Playwriting Salon with Haynes Brooke

Tea and Tales Writing Group
A WRITER'S SALON: " The Art of Playwriting"

WHEN: Tuesday, May 17th
1:30pm: Seating from 12:45pm
Interview, Reading, Q&A, Reception

WHERE: Valley Village Senior Apts
12111 Chandler Blvd
Valley Village, Ca 91607

FREE if you RSVP
email for reservation

About Our Special Guest:

Haynes Brooke is a Los Angeles actor, screenwriter, and playwright. Haynes is best known to many at the moment as The Sun, central character in the ongoing national ad campaign for Jimmy Dean sausage. He is also one of the stars of the new web series Turbo Dating, written and directed by Terry Rossio (Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean.) Other screen credits range from feature films such as Contact and Fried Green Tomatoes to roles in MOWs, sit-coms, episodic, daytime drama, industrial films, and voice-over for anime cartoons. He has worked in Iceland, Prague, Germany, and all over the U.S., with such people as Jodie Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Allen, Billy Crystal and Robert Zemeckis. Recently Haynes appeared in episodes of Medium, Nip/Tuck and the independent feature The Dark Horse.

Haynes has something of a cult following as an LA playwright and stage actor, often appearing in his own plays. His newest comedy, The Compound Dog, garnered rave reviews during its run at The Eclectic Company Theatre. Before that, his musical Chicken City premiered to sold-out houses at the Actors' Gang, Tim Robbins' theater company in Hollywood. The Actors’ Gang also produced his hit play Progressive Chain Bowling, which extended twice amid critical praise and full houses. Other recently produced plays include Godfather Death, nominated for both an LA Weekly Award and a Garland Award as "Best Adaptation,” and the acclaimed solo show Art Explained, selected for the SOLO Festival, juried by Charles Nelson Reilly. In Seattle, Haynes’ solo show Maxley on the Bluff was produced as part of the New City Playwright’s Festival, where it won Best of the Fest.

Many of his projects incorporate his own original music. His band, New Mongrels -- featuring two Grammy Award-winning musicians among its members -- have released two CD’s on the Daemon Records label, also available on iTunes or

Haynes was the inaugural recipient of the McFarland Screenwriting Fellowship in 2005 and now has several feature scripts under option. Haynes is a graduate of Emory University, The Alliance Theatre’s Professional Actor Training Program, and the Act One writer’s workshop in Los Angeles, working under the mentorship of Jan and Lee Batchler (Batman Forever.) He’s currently writer/creator of the comedy short series Dynamic Change, with a mobile phone distribution deal through

Haynes is married, has three great kids, and spends much of his free time on the Ultimate Frisbee field, where he plays for several tournament-level teams.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Essayist Whitney Kershaw comes to the Writer Salon

Tea and Tales Writer Salon April 12, 2011 with Essayist Whitney Kershaw
Valley Village Senior Apartments. A Programs for Older Adults Class
through the LAUSD North Hollywood Poly Community Adult School
Essayist Whitney Kershaw in Dialogue with Tea and Tales Members

In speaking about the need for celebrating life, Kershaw pulled out a journal she had kept when she was 16, and read a story about her own coming of age. The entry left audience members breathless. Perhaps it was the Kerouac stream of consciousness styling. Perhaps it was the manner in which Whitney read, quickening the pace, raising and dropping her voice, spellbinding her audience.
The fourth in a series of seven Writer Salons, this session got personal, felt intimate, and left the young writers with new encouragement to "begin again."
"Put your pen down on the paper and write for 20 minutes," advised Kershaw, pulling from an "Artist's Way" exercise. "Don't stop, don't judge, don't worry. Set your timer for 20 minutes. Do this every day. You will be surprised by how much comes out of you!"
An actress on the screen, television, and Broadway, Whitney Kershaw may now be embarking on a career as a writer of essays, even a parenting advice column. She loves her family, her husband, three children and many pets.
"Life is good," she concludes. "I think I write to celebrate that."
We celebrated with her, and in these times, who doesn't need a party!

COMING UP NEXT: Haynes Brook, on Playwriting... watch this space!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Celebrated Actress and Essayist is April's Featured Writer!

Tea and Tales Writer's Salon
Essayist Whitney Kershaw
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"The Art of the Personal Essay"

Where: Valley Village Senior Apts
12111 Chandler Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607

When: Check-in from 12:45pm
Interview: 1:30pm
Reading, Q&A
Reception to follow

FREE if you RSVP:

Whitney Kershaw began a career on Broadway as a young singer-dancer-actor on Broadway, in "CATS." Ms. Kershaw has also worked as a television actor in General Hospital, as well as "The Wonder Years," "LA aw" and "Major Dad."
A mother of three beautiful children, Whitney writes personal essays that reflect a wholistic, spiritual vision of the world in which we live. Articulate, lively and full of good humor, Ms. Kershaw will leave us with a lot to think about, as she graces us with her lovely presence.
Please rsvp asap, as this event will quickly fill up!