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January 25th 2005
TUESDAY

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One of our Silent Auction items for this week's Fundraiser:
Personally autographed (to you!) publicity photograph of Jean Veloz

Rusty's favorite swing dancer from the 1940s!

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" My goal in life is to promote world peace by spreading the love of Lindy Hop! "

Margie Dowens, The Southern California Lindy Society & Lindyhopping.com
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RED CROSS TSUNAMI RELIEF FUNDRAISER
TOMORROW - JANUARY 26TH
AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB

When I was twenty-six years old, I made the decision to have an Adult Bat Mitzvah. Having missed this life-cycle event as a child (by choice), I decided to do this after a series of sad gatherings in my family. I thought, "This is crazy, the only time my extended family is gets together is for funerals," and I saw no happy occasions, such as weddings, looming in the near future. At that time, I was contemplating the rabbinate and was working in a beautiful historic synagogue in San Francisco where I had witnessed many such Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. I thought, this would be perfect -- something positive, uplifting, and would afford me the opportunity to bring my whole family together (plus, my age seemed ideal: 13+13=26, hmmmmm).

For anyone who has had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or attended one (wouldn't that make just about all of us here in Los Angeles!), you are well acquainted with the fact that the child must make a speech, something that usually fills the child with endless dread for months on end. For me, the theme came like a flash. Since my earliest recollections, I had always wanted to make the world a better place and was traumatized by the fact that I couldn't do it, but could help only in a small way. Finally, I came across a wonderful historic piece of Jewish writing from the Pirkei Avot (Sayings of our Fathers) that presented me with some peace of mind and heart: "Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor, v'lo ata ben chorin l'hibateil mimena" -- "It is not thy duty to finish the task, but neither art thou free to desist from it." This saying, at last, put me at some ease; I could keep doing my best to make a difference, but didn't have the sole responsibility of repairing the world.

I know that each of us would like to roll that tsunami backwards into the ocean, replenishing all the life that was lost. But as we cannot do that, here is our chance to do a little something to help those who did survive: Our Rhythm Club American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fundraiser -- tomorrow nite!

Everyone has been amazing, offering donations for our raffle and silent auction, offering to volunteer with the nuts and bolts of the event, and just being positive with good words and enthusiasm. I am constantly amazed at the little community, or family, if you will, that we have built together. Last week, I asked if anyone would like to volunteer and help me on the event. I posted a meeting for before last week's dance. When I showed up at 7:30pm, I was filled with pride when I saw about ten LBS regulars sitting around a table waiting for me to begin the meeting -- all there to volunteer for this event!

So, thank you thank you thank you. Tomorrow nite we will have a blast, doing what we love -- dancing -- and making the world a better place.


HERE'S HOW OUR FUNDRAISER WILL WORK

We will be having three ways you can donate to the American Red Cross tomorrow nite:

1. A Raffle
2. A Silent Auction
3. $2.00 Taxi Dance Tickets

1. The Raffle: We have six amazing Raffle prizes. You will be able to put your tickets towards the raffle prize you'd like to win (say, The Camp Hollywood full weekend pass!). Tickets are $2.00 a piece.

2. The Silent Auction: In the bar area of the Rhythm Club, we will have tables set up displaying all the Silent Auction items. There, you can make your bids on the sheet of paper directly in front of the prize(s!) you'd like to win.

3. Taxi Dancers: We have the Swing Shift Fliers, The Hollywood Hornets, and the USC Swing Dance Officers there for YOUR dancing pleasure. All you do, is go to the Taxi Stand and buy your tickets ($2 a dance). Then, give one ticket to the person with whom you'd like to dance. So no need to be shy this night to dance with the advanced dancers, remember, they are there to dance and help raise money! One ticket=one dance.

WHERE TO BUY THE TICKETS

Buy your Raffle Tickets at the piano, and The Taxi Dance Tickets at the "Taxi Stand".

HOW TO BUY THESE TICKETS

You can buy them with cash or check (have your check made out to "The American Red Cross". We will be sending all the money to the Red Cross' International Relief campaign.

Thank you again to all the volunteers and donors.

I look forward with great joy to tomorrow nite.

Remember, whatever donation you make is tax deductible. (Don't forget to bring your checkbook.)

So have fun, bid high, and help big!


OUR DONATIONS, THUS FAR!

Outside of already raising $170.00, here's a list of our exciting raffle and silent auction items:

Lunch with Fayard Nicholas! (Value-priceless!!!)

One Pair of Aris Allen Shoes (Value approx $80)

Re-mix $100 Gift Certificate

Besame Gift Pack (Value $110.00)

Jean Veloz Personally autographed photo (Value - priceless)

Savoy Style Blyer Shoes (Value $80)

Savoy Style Whitey's Lindy Hoppers Gift Bonanza (Value $57.90)

Frankie Manning Personally signed poster (Value - priceless)

Barbie Gift Basket (donated from Janine Tuttle and Cathryn Sayre) (Value $300)

Hot Wheels Gift Basket (donated from Janine Tuttle and Cathryn Sayre) (Value $200)

Joanell Connolly Artist Gift cards

Thomas Greenlaugh Hypnosis session /

Second City Bistro (El Segundo) 4 lunchs (Value $100)

Stop Staring 2 dresses (Value $200)

Camp Hollywood Pass - (Value $180)

Balboa Rendezvouz (Value $225)

Personally Autographed cds from Star Trek's Robert Picardo (Value - priceless)

Personally Autograph from Star Trek's George Takei (Value - priceless)

Maxwell DeMille "Maxwell DeMille's Big Show" DVD autographed to winner

Three A&E Biographies Carole Lombard/Audrey Hepburn/Mitzi Gaynor donated by Steven Smith (Value $100)

CD Bundle from Robert Vangor: Benny Goodman Rare Recordings
1935-1936 and Artie Shaw Featuring Begin The Beguine. (Value $50)

Hand-made (Dawna Davis) beach glass and silver wire wrap bracelet and matching earrings (Value $40)

Purple Orchid Exotic Tiki Lounge Drink Certificate Good for one free round of drinks for up to 10 people(value Approx. $80)

Two passes to Cafe Boogaloo, Hermosa Beach's reining Blues club. (Value $20)

Array of Vintage fruit crate labels, donated by LBS Student Fons (Value $70)

Vintage blue pillbox-like (circular) cap with white polka dots and white double woven cotton Max Mayer's gloves (Value $20), Donated by MiJin, LBS Student

Gift Certificate for dinner at Akbar (either location) (Value $40)

One set of 20" chrome wheels for GM truck/SUV fitments ("Magnitude"), or 18" chrome wheels("Merced" for most passenger car fitments. (Retail Value: 4 wheels, $1,500) Donated by Chris Webster http://motivwheels.com

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RED CROSS "TSUNAMI RELIEF" FUNDRAISER AT
RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB - JANUARY 26TH!

LET'S RAISE $1,000 FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS'
INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE FUND!

DRESS COLLEGIATE!

There's nothing wrong with making the world a better place while doing what you love! So let's all dress up "1930's-40's Collegiate". Here's a couple of pics for those who need help. And if you can't go vintage style, enjoy yourself in your own college colors or your favorite college team colors or your favorite colors!

And, we're thrilled that Mr. Maxwell DeMille himself will be our special host this evening!

okay, maybe this is a little too old...

here's the 1920s


and now, just right!

JANUARY 26TH

DRESS COLLEGIATE!

RED CROSS TSUNAMI RELIEF FUNDRAISER

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FEBRUARY 9TH

RHYTHM CLUB DEBUT!

FEBRUARY 16TH

RHYTHM CLUB VALENTINE'S PARTY!

FEBRUARY 23TH

Rusty's B-Day Party -- Dress Vintage Western!

Dance Lesson and DJ on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
(check our calendar)

Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE

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This Week's Celebrations


James Cooper
Kenn Horowitz
Sally Jo sager
Eric Richter
Chris Webster

If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!

WE'VE GOT TWO FABULOUS WORKSHOPS
FOR YOUR PLEASURE IN FEBRUARY!

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1940's GLAMOUR WORKSHOP FILLING UP!

We've really got two super fun workshops this February, and I wanted to make sure that the Ladies know to signed up right away for the 1940s Glamour Day -- it's already filling up and is limited to 25 ladies in each of the two classes. The word is out, and many gals from outside our classes are already signing up. So make sure that you pre-register quick if you want to attend this workshop.

NEW SERIES BEGINS NEXT MONDAY & TUESDAY:

THE "GREEN" & "YELLOW" TRACKS PLUS CHARLESTON VARIATIONS

We're happy to announce our second TRACK beginning next Monday and Tuesday. Our first series was a rip-roaring success, and we look forward to more people from Level 3 moving over to the weeknite of their choice and joining in on the fun! Wait till you see what goes on -- some mighty fine dancing and fun -- that's what! CLICK HERE.

SUNDAYS BEGIN ON FEB. 6TH LINDY: LEVELS 1b, 2b, 3

Our new Sunday series will begin on February 6th (and, yes, we know it's Super Bowl Sunday... so if you have to miss the first week, join us on the second week!). We'll be starting the "B" tracks for Levels 1 & 2. This means, the first two weeks of class will be the same material as last series, but the last two weeks will be all brand new material! So take Level 1 and 2 again, for a good review of your six and eight count basics AND learn new material! Oh, boy!

Remember, Level 4 students, you can come back through any Level 1, 2, or 3 classes for $10/each for the entire series!


We've already got 20 LBS students signed up for Quick Stop Cards, and it's really helping us at the registration counter (now that Saint Glenn has "retired" -- boo hoo). Why not call us today and sign up for a Quick Stop Card?

1. What is it?
2. How does it work?
3. What does it do for me?
4. How do I get one?

1. What is it?: "The Quick Stop Card" is a Lindy By The Sea card that you can use to buy our classes, workshops, and merchandise.

2. How does it work? When you make a purchase, we will bill the credit card you have designated (an American Express, Visa, or Mastercard). The item will show up on your credit card statement as "Swing Shift".

3. What does it do for me? That's simple. Instead of having to give us your personal credit card each time you make a purchase, you just show us your "Quick Stop" card and you're done. No waiting, nothing. You can also use your card by email or over the phone with us, by just telling us your name and "Quick Stop" number and your purchase. Done.

4. How do I get one? Just fill out our "Quick Stop" registration card once. Then you'll be issued a Lindy By The Sea Number, e.g. Joe Shmo, 101. which will appear on your "Quick Stop" card.

If you have any questions about the "Quick Stop", give us a call, 310-606-5606, or shoot us an email.

P.S. We chose the name "Quick Stop" as it is one of our favorite Lindy Hop moves; it's stylish, flashy, and quick!


PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT!

We have pre-registration discounts of 10% on the website. So you can register right on our site "easy peasy lemon squeezy". Go HERE. Remember, pre-register for class(es), you'll get a 10% discount off the normal prices. You can pre-register over the phone (310 606 5606), by check, or at on-line We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...



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FRANKIE MANNING AT SAVOY STYLE: One of our top prizes tomorrow nite at the Rhythm Club's Red Cross Fundraiser is a personally signed (to you!) special edition poster of Frankie Manning from Judy Pritchett at Savoy Style. From her site: "No one has contributed more to the Lindy Hop than Frankie Manning -- as a dancer, innovator and choreographer. For much of his lifetime he has been an unofficial Ambassador of Lindy Hop. Originally touring as a dancer and choreographer with Whitey's Lindy Hoppers in the 30's and 40's, he helped spread the popularity of the Lindy Hop through three continents. Once again, since the swing dance revival that started in the 1980s, Frank Manning has been a driving force worldwide with his teaching, choreography and performance. His own love of swing music and dancing has been as contagious as his dazzling smile."



View QuickTime sample
Frank Manning doing the Charleston
from "The Spirit Moves."




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* Wondering what the heck a "gate"is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the Bob Hope radio program. It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer or swing music enthusiast).


JOIN THE FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?

Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."

THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:

1. Having fun! (Fun) 2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)

1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).

2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.

The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.

"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):

Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

Then you will receive updates of activities (or you can organize one yourself!). Check the yahoogroup "Swing Shift Rhythm Club" calendar here for postings of upcoming events.

Join us in making the world a better place through dancing!

Thank you for joining!

Rusty Frank, Founder
Jessica Densmore, Philanthropic Events Coordinator
Cathryn Sayer, "Just for Fun" Events Coordinator
Norman Kajikawa, SSRC Photographer

If you wish to exit this list, visit:
http://swingshiftontap.com/maillist/mail-list.asp