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'Harmonies of Tomorrow'

Lawson Inada, Oregon's poet laureate from 2006 to 2010, along with local poet Jonah Bornstein, storyteller Deborah Zaslow, Latin dance band Havana Club, acoustic musician Bryan Holley, Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Eileen DeSandre and a capella vocalist Sophie Javna will step into the spotlight for "Harmonies of Tomorrow," a benefit for Semilla Nueva, to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

Semilla Nueva, or New Seed, is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable farming in Guatemala. Semilla Nueva was founded by Ashland High School graduates Joseph Bornstein and Brook Golling. Bornstein and Golling will open the event with a talk and video presentation about the work they have accomplished by helping Guatemalan families. Last winter, heavy wind and rain left many Guatemalan farmers without crops.

Bornstein and Golling also will present freestyle raps and riffs about their project.

A silent auction will feature Guatamalen arts and crafts for bidding.

Tickets cost $10, $5 for students, and are available at Music Coop, online at www.semillanueva.org or at the door. Tickets include food. Wine, beer, soft drinks and juice will be available. Visit the website or call 541-326-5443 for information.