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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 and teaches sustainable farming in Guatemala. Semilla Nueva was founded by Ashland High School graduates Bornstein and Brook Golling. Bornstein and Golling will kick off the event with a talk and video presentation that will offer a look at the work the two have accomplished by helping Guatemalan families secure food and livelihood through sustainable agriculture. 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 from Wooldridge Creek Winery, beer from Standing Stone Brewing Co., soft drinks and juice will be available. Visit www.semillanueva.org or call 541-326-5443 for information.