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Monday, October 26, 2009

From the Weathervane

Dr. Dog + Weathervane Music

Listen up, everyone! We are extremely excited to announce an amazing development for our November 12 Year End Concert-Fundraiser:

Recently Dr. Dog co-frontman and singer, Scott McMicken learned about Weathervane Music. To say the least, he was on board! Flash forward to this past weekend: on Friday and Saturday night, Dr. Dog allowed us to project the Weathervane Project Series videos both nights (SOLD OUT - 1800 people!) at their Philadelphia TLA shows. It was incredible. Both concerts were amazing, especially night two where they ordered pizza for the whole audience! (50 pizzas. That's "class".)

And now, in an attempt to help finish off our Kickstarter Fundraiser and kick off the November 12 Concert-Fundraiser with a bang, Scott has offered to play a special solo set of music BEFORE THE SHOW at an exclusive Pre-show VIP Party! The show will happen at an undisclosed location for special guests only. We've already sold 2. There's 18 SLOTS LEFT for this special offer, and it's ONLY GOOD UNTIL THIS SATURDAY! See below -

Deluxe VIP Party Package for November 12

$250 gets you:

1. 2 tickets to the Pre-Show VIP Party featuring Scott McMicken from Dr. Dog at 7pm (Location will be supplied with your package purchase).
2. 2 tickets to the First Annual Weathervane Music Year End Concert-Fundraiser at Johnny Brendas, featuring Sunset, East Hundred, Danielson and BC Camplight
3. 1 hand screened, Numbered/Limited Edition Commemorative Poster for the show (Pictured Above - these are in "pre-order" stage, so expect delivery before Christmas) signed by the artist, Mark Pernice, and the participating musicians on the bill

This offer is only good until OCTOBER 31, when our Kickstarter Campaign runs out! (That's 6 days from now!). Click the link below. Make a donation of $250, scroll down on the right for Backer Rewards and Select NOVEMBER 12, PRE-CONCERT VIP PARTY ADMISSION.

Here's that link:

We can't thank Scott McMicken and the whole Dr. Dog organization for everything they've done so far! They are the pride of Philadelphia music, and as an organization they show true class at every juncture.

Weathervane Music Info:
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Weathervane Music
(Brian, Bill, Katonah and Josh)
Weathervane Website
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PO Box 29498
Philadelphia PA, 19125

Friday, October 16, 2009

Prepare for a safe Halloween

Avoid Halloween Horrors


Emergency Physicians Offer Tips on Avoiding Trick-or-treat Injuries

Washington, DC — The nation’s emergency physicians want costumes, candy and fun times to be the only things you and your children experience this Halloween. But unfortunately each year a fun spooky adventure can become an all too-real nightmare that ends in the emergency department.

“Halloween should be about good times and fun with friends and family, yet sadly, each year we see kids who are injured while trick-or-treating,” said Dr. Angela Gardner, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “Many of these injuries are easily prevented if a parent or guardian were to take some very simple precautions.”

Common Halloween injuries include eye injuries from sharp objects, burns from flammable costumes and children hit by cars as they walk and run around busy neighborhoods.

ACEP suggests that adults follow these tips for a safe and fun Halloween:

Make sure you see all the candy before your child eats it. Avoid candy that is not wrapped in its original wrapper, as well as all fruit.

Make sure your child stays on the sidewalks as much as possible (off streets) and obeys all traffic signals.

Discuss the importance of staying together in a group. Require at least one adult to serve as a chaperone during trick-or-treat gatherings.

Make sure your child knows the potential dangers from strangers. Make sure they know never to accept rides from strangers or visit unfamiliar homes or areas.

Avoid costumes that could cause children to trip, such as baggy pants, long hems, high heels and oversized shoes.

Avoid costumes that obstruct the child’s sight or vision.

Avoid masks if possible. If your child must wear one, make sure it is well ventilated.

Make sure costume fabric, wigs and beards are made of flame-resistant materials, such as nylon or polyester.

Keep candlelit Jack-O-Lanterns away from children so they can’t get burned or set on fire.

Make sure costumes are visible at night: avoid dark colors. Add reflective tape to the costume so your child is more visible to motor vehicles.

Take a flashlight while trick-or-treating as visibility decreases long before it gets really dark.

Check accessories such as swords, knives, wands and other pointed objects. Make sure they are made from flexible materials and have dulled edges.

ACEP also recommends that children “trick-or-treat” at organized Halloween festivities, such as at local churches, shopping malls or schools. This way children are not walking in the dark and it allows constant adult supervision.

For more on this and other health related topics, go to .

ACEP and MedicAlert Foundation are partnering to promote and to educate the public about medical emergencies.

MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the first medical identification and emergency medical information service in 1956 to provide people with a simple but effective method for communicating their medical conditions. Since the organization’s founding, MedicAlert Foundation has provided services and products that help to protect and save lives for its 4 million members worldwide. For more than 50 years, the nonprofit foundation has relayed vital medical information on behalf of its members to emergency responders so they receive faster and safer treatment. MedicAlert IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions. In addition to its 24-­hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. For more information, visit .

ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine with more than 28,000 members. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Saturday Night