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    Nashville based Sweet Tea Trio, is currently making their mark on country music. Hailing from three different parts of Alabama, Kate Falcon, Victoria Camp and Savannah Coker have joined forces to give country music fans their first taste of an all female trio since groups like the Dixie Chicks and the Pistol Annies. Sweet Tea Trio are singers, songwriters and musicians but their trademark is their harmonies.

    Recently, Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie) and Vector Management (founder Ken Levitan) signed Sweet Tea Trio via a co-management venture. The girls just finished opening for Kid Rock on his recent tour in 10 arena dates, including Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. They have been listed as one of the new acts to follow in 2018. Said Ritchie in announcing the signing: “These young ladies are some of the most talented, kindhearted and hard-working singers and players I have ever met. They are already becoming fast scholars of the road and writing songs. In my opinion they pick up where the Dixie Chicks and Pistol Annies meet. They are 100% country and I look forward to sharing my 30 years in this business to get them an honest shot at the big time.”

    Kid Rock and his fans fell in love with the girls on his eighth annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise, 2017, where they performed six shows and were invited to return in 2018. They’ve opened for the legendary group, Alabama, and were chosen by LiveNation to be the opener for Bon Jovi in Birmingham, AL. They wowed fans at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville, 2017 and will be bringing their sweet harmonies to the Hard Rock Stage, at the CMA Music Fest, 2018.

    The trio’s self-titled EP entered at no. 11 on the iTunes Country Chart last year. Their song, Rebel Romance, is one of the fastest rising songs in the history of “The Iceman’s New Country Artist Top 40 Chart”, (an internationally syndicated countdown radio show) and has been held the number 1 position for 4 weeks in a row.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $15.00. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

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    Great Decisions Global Discussions 2019

    Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.: Live webcast at Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

    4734 S. Campus Ct. in Fremont – Main Stage Auditorium


    February 5 “State of the State Department

    Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association

    The State Department has faced significant challenges recently, with senior positions left vacant and the manner of diplomatic engagements taking on a different tone. As president of the American Foreign Service Association and with 33 years of experience as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Stephenson is superbly qualified to assess the state of the State Department and explain why strong American global leadership depends on a strong U.S. Foreign Service.


    February 12: “Democracy on the Run: Dispatches from Eastern Europe”

    Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist

    Illiberalism across the globe is on the rise. Perhaps most alarming is its rise in Europe, especially considering the weight of its 20th century history. Eastern European countries in particular are exhibiting a turn towards fascism both on the social level and that of the party politics. The turn towards global illiberalism may seem like a sudden shift, but to understand its origins (and its future), it is best to examine its takeover of Eastern European nations. A journalist whose work has been featured in­­­­­­­­­­­ The AtlanticThe NationThe Intercept and other news sources, Carol Schaeffer will discuss this growing movement.


    February 19: “Immigration Policy beyond the Border”

    Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras

    After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Ambassador Nealon served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. He will address the root causes of migration from Central America, which has drawn attention by the media as Central American asylum seekers have traveled to the U.S. Mexico border. Ambassador Nealon will give us the greater context for migration and suggests a foreign policy that can address migration in the future.


    February 26: “A New Nuclear Arms Race?”

    Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

    For the past 50 years, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has played a critical role in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing nuclear arsenals. Yet prospects for additional progress on U.S.-Russian arms control remain bleak, the Trump administration has split from key allies over the nuclear deal with Iran, and the denuclearization of North Korea remains uncertain. Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association assesses the possibility of a new nuclear arms race.


    March 5: “China-U.S. Trade War”

    Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

    Amy Celico has decades of knowledge on China, serving in both the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department before joining ASG. She now leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, she’ll address the rapidly evolving and still uncertain path ahead for the U.S.–and for global businesses working with China.


    March 12: “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State”

    Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

    Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

    Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018 and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall - but not disappearance - of the Islamic State group.


    March 19: “Global Cyber Threats”

    Peter Jolliffe, FBI

    As U.S. companies and academic institutions seek further global interaction and integration, they capitalize on opportunities to grow international trade, and to share ideas and culture. With these new opportunities are inherent risks, from the loss of intellectual property to illicit foreign influence. With an ever-growing level of connectedness, it is imperative to understand the motivations of foreign competitors, the objectives of foreign nations, and the means by which they could target U.S. institutions. Only then can we begin to construct a holistic defense to the threat. Special Agent Peter Jolliffe, who has worked for the Bureau for the last decade, will outline cyber risks and the work being done to minimize them.


    March 26: “Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind”

    Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mexico City

    The U.S. and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics, economic policies, and history. Yet the relationship has been strained over the years. With new leadership in both countries, what does the future hold for this bilateral relationship? Carlos Capistran is the director and head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America, and a frequent media commentator on finance and macroeconomics. He’ll reflect on the ways Mexico and the U.S. fit into a larger North American system and how we can develop policies that allow each country to thrive.

    Visit: https://www.worldmichigan.org/greatdecisions2019

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    “Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else!” - Travis Rogers, Jr., Music Life & Times

    Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk into Americana and roots music since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

    Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members.  Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

    RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle and mandolin, and Zach White of Missouri on mandolin, vocals, banjo, and flat-picking guitar.

    “Timeless and flawless…” – Jim Allford, PA Music Scene

    The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best LIVE Album, Best World/Traditional Song, and Best Bluegrass Song.

    RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, which was recorded at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as “an incredible masterpiece” (Marcene Bronson, The Celtic Crier).

    -“Genuine and with endless innovation…” – John O’Brien, Jr., Ohio Irish American News

    Click here to purchase tickets! $15.00. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

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    Great Decisions Global Discussions 2019

    Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.: Live webcast at Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

    4734 S. Campus Ct. in Fremont – Main Stage Auditorium


    February 5 “State of the State Department

    Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association

    The State Department has faced significant challenges recently, with senior positions left vacant and the manner of diplomatic engagements taking on a different tone. As president of the American Foreign Service Association and with 33 years of experience as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Stephenson is superbly qualified to assess the state of the State Department and explain why strong American global leadership depends on a strong U.S. Foreign Service.


    February 12: “Democracy on the Run: Dispatches from Eastern Europe”

    Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist

    Illiberalism across the globe is on the rise. Perhaps most alarming is its rise in Europe, especially considering the weight of its 20th century history. Eastern European countries in particular are exhibiting a turn towards fascism both on the social level and that of the party politics. The turn towards global illiberalism may seem like a sudden shift, but to understand its origins (and its future), it is best to examine its takeover of Eastern European nations. A journalist whose work has been featured in­­­­­­­­­­­ The AtlanticThe NationThe Intercept and other news sources, Carol Schaeffer will discuss this growing movement.


    February 19: “Immigration Policy beyond the Border”

    Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras

    After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Ambassador Nealon served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. He will address the root causes of migration from Central America, which has drawn attention by the media as Central American asylum seekers have traveled to the U.S. Mexico border. Ambassador Nealon will give us the greater context for migration and suggests a foreign policy that can address migration in the future.


    February 26: “A New Nuclear Arms Race?”

    Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

    For the past 50 years, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has played a critical role in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing nuclear arsenals. Yet prospects for additional progress on U.S.-Russian arms control remain bleak, the Trump administration has split from key allies over the nuclear deal with Iran, and the denuclearization of North Korea remains uncertain. Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association assesses the possibility of a new nuclear arms race.


    March 5: “China-U.S. Trade War”

    Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

    Amy Celico has decades of knowledge on China, serving in both the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department before joining ASG. She now leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, she’ll address the rapidly evolving and still uncertain path ahead for the U.S.–and for global businesses working with China.


    March 12: “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State”

    Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

    Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

    Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018 and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall - but not disappearance - of the Islamic State group.


    March 19: “Global Cyber Threats”

    Peter Jolliffe, FBI

    As U.S. companies and academic institutions seek further global interaction and integration, they capitalize on opportunities to grow international trade, and to share ideas and culture. With these new opportunities are inherent risks, from the loss of intellectual property to illicit foreign influence. With an ever-growing level of connectedness, it is imperative to understand the motivations of foreign competitors, the objectives of foreign nations, and the means by which they could target U.S. institutions. Only then can we begin to construct a holistic defense to the threat. Special Agent Peter Jolliffe, who has worked for the Bureau for the last decade, will outline cyber risks and the work being done to minimize them.


    March 26: “Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind”

    Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mexico City

    The U.S. and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics, economic policies, and history. Yet the relationship has been strained over the years. With new leadership in both countries, what does the future hold for this bilateral relationship? Carlos Capistran is the director and head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America, and a frequent media commentator on finance and macroeconomics. He’ll reflect on the ways Mexico and the U.S. fit into a larger North American system and how we can develop policies that allow each country to thrive.

    Visit: https://www.worldmichigan.org/greatdecisions2019

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    Great Decisions Global Discussions 2019

    Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.: Live webcast at Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

    4734 S. Campus Ct. in Fremont – Main Stage Auditorium


    February 5 “State of the State Department

    Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association

    The State Department has faced significant challenges recently, with senior positions left vacant and the manner of diplomatic engagements taking on a different tone. As president of the American Foreign Service Association and with 33 years of experience as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Stephenson is superbly qualified to assess the state of the State Department and explain why strong American global leadership depends on a strong U.S. Foreign Service.


    February 12: “Democracy on the Run: Dispatches from Eastern Europe”

    Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist

    Illiberalism across the globe is on the rise. Perhaps most alarming is its rise in Europe, especially considering the weight of its 20th century history. Eastern European countries in particular are exhibiting a turn towards fascism both on the social level and that of the party politics. The turn towards global illiberalism may seem like a sudden shift, but to understand its origins (and its future), it is best to examine its takeover of Eastern European nations. A journalist whose work has been featured in­­­­­­­­­­­ The AtlanticThe NationThe Intercept and other news sources, Carol Schaeffer will discuss this growing movement.


    February 19: “Immigration Policy beyond the Border”

    Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras

    After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Ambassador Nealon served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. He will address the root causes of migration from Central America, which has drawn attention by the media as Central American asylum seekers have traveled to the U.S. Mexico border. Ambassador Nealon will give us the greater context for migration and suggests a foreign policy that can address migration in the future.


    February 26: “A New Nuclear Arms Race?”

    Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

    For the past 50 years, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has played a critical role in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing nuclear arsenals. Yet prospects for additional progress on U.S.-Russian arms control remain bleak, the Trump administration has split from key allies over the nuclear deal with Iran, and the denuclearization of North Korea remains uncertain. Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association assesses the possibility of a new nuclear arms race.


    March 5: “China-U.S. Trade War”

    Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

    Amy Celico has decades of knowledge on China, serving in both the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department before joining ASG. She now leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, she’ll address the rapidly evolving and still uncertain path ahead for the U.S.–and for global businesses working with China.


    March 12: “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State”

    Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

    Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

    Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018 and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall - but not disappearance - of the Islamic State group.


    March 19: “Global Cyber Threats”

    Peter Jolliffe, FBI

    As U.S. companies and academic institutions seek further global interaction and integration, they capitalize on opportunities to grow international trade, and to share ideas and culture. With these new opportunities are inherent risks, from the loss of intellectual property to illicit foreign influence. With an ever-growing level of connectedness, it is imperative to understand the motivations of foreign competitors, the objectives of foreign nations, and the means by which they could target U.S. institutions. Only then can we begin to construct a holistic defense to the threat. Special Agent Peter Jolliffe, who has worked for the Bureau for the last decade, will outline cyber risks and the work being done to minimize them.


    March 26: “Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind”

    Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mexico City

    The U.S. and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics, economic policies, and history. Yet the relationship has been strained over the years. With new leadership in both countries, what does the future hold for this bilateral relationship? Carlos Capistran is the director and head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America, and a frequent media commentator on finance and macroeconomics. He’ll reflect on the ways Mexico and the U.S. fit into a larger North American system and how we can develop policies that allow each country to thrive.

    Visit: https://www.worldmichigan.org/greatdecisions2019

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  • world-affairs-council-of-western-michigan

    Great Decisions Global Discussions 2019

    Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.: Live webcast at Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

    4734 S. Campus Ct. in Fremont – Main Stage Auditorium


    February 5 “State of the State Department

    Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association

    The State Department has faced significant challenges recently, with senior positions left vacant and the manner of diplomatic engagements taking on a different tone. As president of the American Foreign Service Association and with 33 years of experience as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Stephenson is superbly qualified to assess the state of the State Department and explain why strong American global leadership depends on a strong U.S. Foreign Service.


    February 12: “Democracy on the Run: Dispatches from Eastern Europe”

    Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist

    Illiberalism across the globe is on the rise. Perhaps most alarming is its rise in Europe, especially considering the weight of its 20th century history. Eastern European countries in particular are exhibiting a turn towards fascism both on the social level and that of the party politics. The turn towards global illiberalism may seem like a sudden shift, but to understand its origins (and its future), it is best to examine its takeover of Eastern European nations. A journalist whose work has been featured in­­­­­­­­­­­ The AtlanticThe NationThe Intercept and other news sources, Carol Schaeffer will discuss this growing movement.


    February 19: “Immigration Policy beyond the Border”

    Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras

    After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Ambassador Nealon served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. He will address the root causes of migration from Central America, which has drawn attention by the media as Central American asylum seekers have traveled to the U.S. Mexico border. Ambassador Nealon will give us the greater context for migration and suggests a foreign policy that can address migration in the future.


    February 26: “A New Nuclear Arms Race?”

    Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

    For the past 50 years, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has played a critical role in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing nuclear arsenals. Yet prospects for additional progress on U.S.-Russian arms control remain bleak, the Trump administration has split from key allies over the nuclear deal with Iran, and the denuclearization of North Korea remains uncertain. Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association assesses the possibility of a new nuclear arms race.


    March 5: “China-U.S. Trade War”

    Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

    Amy Celico has decades of knowledge on China, serving in both the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department before joining ASG. She now leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, she’ll address the rapidly evolving and still uncertain path ahead for the U.S.–and for global businesses working with China.


    March 12: “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State”

    Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

    Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

    Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018 and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall - but not disappearance - of the Islamic State group.


    March 19: “Global Cyber Threats”

    Peter Jolliffe, FBI

    As U.S. companies and academic institutions seek further global interaction and integration, they capitalize on opportunities to grow international trade, and to share ideas and culture. With these new opportunities are inherent risks, from the loss of intellectual property to illicit foreign influence. With an ever-growing level of connectedness, it is imperative to understand the motivations of foreign competitors, the objectives of foreign nations, and the means by which they could target U.S. institutions. Only then can we begin to construct a holistic defense to the threat. Special Agent Peter Jolliffe, who has worked for the Bureau for the last decade, will outline cyber risks and the work being done to minimize them.


    March 26: “Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind”

    Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mexico City

    The U.S. and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics, economic policies, and history. Yet the relationship has been strained over the years. With new leadership in both countries, what does the future hold for this bilateral relationship? Carlos Capistran is the director and head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America, and a frequent media commentator on finance and macroeconomics. He’ll reflect on the ways Mexico and the U.S. fit into a larger North American system and how we can develop policies that allow each country to thrive.

    Visit: https://www.worldmichigan.org/greatdecisions2019

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