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JRS VOLUME #10; ISSUE #27

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 10, Issue #27

It's Friday afternoon, and we have been trying to send this JRS to you since last week, but there's always ONE MORE THING we have to tell you, and ONE LITTLE CHANGE that just can't wait, and ONE BIG EMERGENCY we have to deal with to get ready for the burn...so giving birth to these babies takes a long long time sometimes...but here it is! Thanks to everyone for your patience, contributions, and readership. A REMINDER! If you want something in the JRS, send it early, since it can take up to 2-3 weeks actually to send out an issue, and...if you don't put "POST REQUEST" in the subject line, especially at this time of year...we can't really help it if we don't see you in all the spam.

There's just too much info this week for us to even try to be pithy about the (ummm, WHAT?) 43 DAYS until the Man burns, so we're just gonna give you the news and git on up outta here, heading out into the San Ferdisco summer to make good use of one of the last weekends of the year before we leave for the desert...and how are your plans comin'?

Next week: special issues galore...health and safety, the environment, and bikes bikes bikes!

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BRC NEWS:
"MY LATE PHOTO GALLERIES"...WITH AERIAL SHOTS BY BRAD TEMPLETON
RENO TO PLAYA RIDESHARE PROJECT
DR. MEGAVOLT RETURNS TO BURNING MAN IN 2006
BURNING PODCASTS - NEW EPISODES AVAILABLE
DEADLINE REMINDER: MEDIA VIDEO PROJECTS JULY 25

PARTICIPATE:
SCRAP EDEN: A PROJECT OF THE BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION FOR 2006
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH EARTH GUARDIANS NATURE WALKS AND
RESTORATION TEAMS:
INTERESTED IN HOSTING A SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY AT CONEXUS CATHEDRAL?
BURNER ARTISTS: SEE YOUR WORK UNDER THE MAN
CENTER CAMP CAFE IS BOOKING PERFORMERS, POETS AND SPEAKERS NOW!
CALLING ALL GUARDIAN ANGELS - TEMPLE GUARDIAN LEADER 2006
PLUS! PARTICIPATE IN THE TEMPLE RIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO
PHILLY TRUCK TO BRC
BRING HOME THE BACON
PISS CLEAR - DEADLINE FOR SENDING SUBMISSIONS IS: TUES, AUGUST 1
HELP KOSTUME KULT FOR BURNING MAN 2006
FIRE IN THE BELLY AT BURNING MAN 2006
THE VIKINGS NEED VEGGIE OIL
HEAVENLY FEET NEED YOUR SOCKS

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS:
CONEXUS CATHEDRAL WELDING SESSIONS, JULY 21- 23 AND ONGOING
THE CELLSPACE ROLLER JAM FUNDRAISER, THURSDAY JULY 27, S.F.
BURNING DOGOODERS HELP HOMELESS YOUTH IN LA - EVENT SUN. JULY 30

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT:
SOAK (NORTHWEST BURN) REGIONAL REPORT

ADMIN: HOW TO GET OFF AND ON

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"MY LATE PHOTO GALLERIES"...WITH AERIAL SHOTS BY BRAD TEMPLETON

Brad Templeton surfaces with his '05 pics! "I've been behind on putting photo galleries together, but I did put up my Burning Man 2005 galleries this weekend. http://pic.templetons.com/brad/photo/bm05/

Of particular interest to many burners will be an aerial survey I did of Black Rock City, attempting to take close-up photos of just about every block in the city. Scroll down to the bottom of the above page to see 4 pages with over 200 detailed BRC photos from above. Your tent and perhaps you are in there. As I have not yet identified the location of all the photos, if you can help with a missing or incorrect picture label, or want to name the theme camps in a photo, follow the instructions at the bottom of the aerial pages for how to mail me updates.

http://pic.templetons.com/brad/photo/bm05/6-10-pass1/

http://pic.templetons.com/brad/photo/bm05/2-6-pass1/

http://pic.templetons.com/brad/photo/bm05/6-10-pass2/

http://pic.templetons.com/brad/photo/bm05/2-6-pass2/

The panoramas? Yes, they are mostly assembled but I haven't put up the page yet. Another note will come when they're ready."

Thanks for sharing 'em, Brad!

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RENO TO PLAYA RIDESHARE PROJECT

The Reno to Playa ride share rendezvous location is being hosted by Twin City Surplus at 1675 East 4th Street in Reno again this year. There will be a portable toilet, shade, some trash bins and all the stuff Twin City offers including water and camping / playa supplies, but no close by grocery shopping. If you need to grocery shop then do so first, then make your way to Twin City. You can repackage for the playa there and use the trash bins to discard store packaging.

To get to Twin City Surplus, 1675 East 4th Street: From I80 take the Wells Avenue Exit and go south one block to 6th Street. Turn east on 6th and go about 6 blocks to where it joins 4th Street. Look left and see large water tanks belonging to Twin. Turn in there. That is the rendezvous parking location.

http://local.google.com/local?f=q&hl=en&q=1675+E+4th+ST,+Reno,+NV&ie=UTF8&om=1

Please do not park in front of the store entrance as you will interfere with normal store traffic. Please don't ask Twin employees about the ride share project or rider/driver status. They don't know anything about that; they just provide the location.

If you're unfamiliar with the ride share project: It is an effort by the Reno Burning Man Community to help Burners who arrive in Reno without ground transportation get to the playa, and to give those who are driving to the playa a chance to give a ride and meet interesting people. If you're driving please consider stopping by to give somebody a ride.

Send any questions to: reno-at-burningman-dot-com

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DR. MEGAVOLT RETURNS TO BURNING MAN IN 2006

This year, Dr. MegaVolt is returning to the playa after a 3-year hiatus. The Doctor and his coil will be mobile once more, due to the overwhelming number of requests for this spectacle. Check www.drmegavolt.com <http://www.drmegavolt.com/> for updates, or e-mail Austin at info@drmegavolt.com <mailto:info@drmegavolt.com>. We will be based in Illumination Village with the Flaming Lotus Girls, so please come by and visit us.

Austin Richards and John Behrens

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BURNING PODCASTS - NEW EPISODES AVAILABLE

BURNcast #009 - DJ's Diva Danielle & Poncho Andy is now available for downloading at: http://nospectators.com/index.php?page=burncast

Our first guest, DJ Diva Danielle is raising funds for Gnome Camp (http://www.gnomecamp.com ), her theme camp at Burning Man. She's done a special mix that follows her interview in this podcast. Our second guest, DJ Poncho Andy, has headed up Burning Do-gooders (http://www.burningdogooders.com), which has teamed up with Burners Without Borders to fundraise for My Friend's Place, helping homeless youth in Los Angeles. Poncho has also created a special mix for this podcast as well.

BURNcast #10 - Fashioning Community with Ivy: http://nospectators.com/index.php?page=burncast

It's not only Tu-Tu-Tuesday, but the 4th of July as well. We celebrate Independence Day by featuring indie artist and researcher, Ivy, as she discusses Fashioning Community an art project and fashion exhibit she's developing for Burning Man 2006. (For those playing the 3playa Community Drinking Game at home, it was Ivy's intention to make this episode of BURNcast the most inebriating celebration of community to date.)

BURNcast #011 - No Place Like Gnome
http://nospectators.com/index.php?page=burncast

2006 marks the debut of Gnome Camp (http://www.gnomecamp.com) at Burning Man with the mission of sending 100 ordinary gnomes on 100 extraordinary adventures. Each gnome will be adopted out to participants accompanied with a digital camera to document their experiences throughout the week of the event. For details on how to apply for a gnome of your own, visit their website.

This episode takes place at the "No Place Like Gnome" Fundraiser and features interviews from five members of Gnome Camp that includes Phil, Dave (aka Evader), Wikkid (the first real live gnome to be recorded for podcast), Justin and divaDanielle. If you're playing the 3Playa Community drinking game at home, get yourself a fifth and be prepared for a surprise binge.

Got issues with downloading these podcasts? Please visit or FAQ's page. Visit the website to see the full run of BURNcast Podcasts: http://www.burncast.net

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DEADLINE REMINDER: MEDIA VIDEO/FILM PROJECTS JULY 25

The deadline to register media video or film projects is coming up July 25th. This refers to any motion picture project you will show beyond just friends and family, so hustle on over to http://www.burningman.com/press right now.

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SCRAP EDEN: A PROJECT OF THE BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION FOR 2006

This year the Black Rock Arts Foundation is creating a collaborative garden installation populated by garden-inspired sculptural elements created from re-claimed, re-purposed and re-cycled materials, and all citizens of BRC are invited to participate! Yes! You are an artist!

The idea formed this year in San Francisco when the Foundation began looking at what it could do, using interactive art as the medium, to promote a culture of re-use and re-cycling. And while this installation will take place at Burning Man 2006 we hope it will serve as a pilot project for sprouting gardens first in BRC, then SF, and eventually, nationwide. Our hope is that this prototype garden at Burning Man 2006 will not only demonstrate to the citizens of BRC the kinds of projects we support in the default world, and prove a beautiful interactive collaborative art installation at this year's event!

Help make it happen!

This year, the Black Rock Arts Foundation is inviting Burning Man citizens to create sculptures of garden-inspired flora and fauna from re-claimed, re-cycled and re-purposed INORGANIC materials for a collective installation on the open playa. We'll provide a centrally located garden shed (built from re-claimed materials) as a focal point around which participants will be able to "plant", or install, individual (or communal) creations for collective exhibition.

We'll be holding two day long production potluck/workshops at the BRAF/Burning Man Offices: Sunday, August 6th and Sunday, August 13th from 12:00 noon - 6pm, to create several small artworks for the playa incarnation of ScrapEden. For more information or to RSVP please write to: scrapedenbrc-at-blackrockarts-.-org

Additionally, we'll be posting instructions for tin can flowers and other reclaimed projects on our website in the days to come: http://www.blackrockarts.org

If you would like to create a sculpture for exhibition, or help us staff the ScrapEden installation, contact us at: scrapedenbrc-at-blackrockarts-.-org

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH EARTH GUARDIANS NATURE WALKS AND RESTORATION TEAMS

At Burning Man 2006, the Earth Guardians will once again host nature walks to hot springs near the playa. We are now seeking naturalists, and natural scientists and environmental educators to help with these events.

The Earth Guardians are also forming a group to organize ecological restoration and environmental art projects for 2007. We are seeking team members to begin the project and organize meetings and recruitment on the playa this year.

For more information please contact: madbiophilia-at-yahoo-.-com

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INTERESTED IN HOSTING A SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY AT CONEXUS CATHEDRAL?

Heard about the neo-gothic Conexus Cathedral rising up on the Playa this year? Interested in hosting a spiritual activity within this glorious space? Want to bring an experience of your flavor of Oneness and en-LIGHT-enment to the citizens of Black Rock City? If so, let us know.

Check out our website to find out more about the cathedral: http://www.conexusvillage.org/art.html

Peruse the list below to see if there are any activities that we have brainstormed and would love to see out there that you would love to facilitate. _Or_ be creative and let us know what you would like to do. We are looking for activities that are in alignment with the vision of the Cathedral and we will do our best to accomodate all appropriate submissions.

{JRS Note: Because of the staggered and unpredictable schedule of the JRS, we weren't able to get this post to you before the deadline for the printed "What Where When" guide. That said, daily activities will be posted at the Cathedral during Burning Man, and the Playa Calendar accepts submissions all the way up until the event!)

Please send the following information to mightyberb-at-yahoo-.-com:

1) Your name:
2) Your camp name:
3) Your activity name:
4) Your activity description:
5) Need sound amplification?
6) Need to play music?
7) Any other special needs?
7) Preferred activity day and time (Monday through Sunday)- first 3 preferences:
8) Duration of activity:
9) Do you want your activity posted on the Playa Calendar and other schedule postings, or is it a more private event?

Want to facilitate any of these activities?
-Walking mediation circles- each day at a certain time around perimeter of cathedral
-Ceremony of light within each religion
-Sacred drumming circle
-Yoga
-Sunrise meditation
-Chanting/toning meditation
-Weddings/Memorials/Baptisms
-Toning/chanting
-Guided visualization meditation
-Spirit guide seminar
-Bone dance
-Spiral dance
-Sufi dance (whirling)
-Marrying Yourself mass wedding
-Bar/Batmitzvah

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BURNER ARTISTS: SEE YOUR WORK UNDER THE MAN

PARTICIPATE in this multimedia piece going in the maze under the Man this year:

WE NEED YOUR ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTIONS! AND WE NEED 'EM BY JULY31st!

So, we're looking for black & white drawing images or designs that convey either a sense of hope or fear (or the future) -or bits of all three. What scares you? What gives you hope? What will the future bring? We think the theme invites a pretty free range of ideas and images. Have fun! Now, these can be original drawings (which will always give a piece like this more "juice"), but good quality copies or 300dpi scans will look great too after we collage them in and do a little transparent painting over them. (Hey, copy a bunch of pages from that crazy sketch-book you keep!)

GUIDELINES
We will be collaging the drawing images on to the wood panels we'll be using for this mural-sized project-and then painting over them with transparent acrylic.

Size: we're thinking that for the most part, drawings should fit onto an 8.5x11 sheet of paper - so they can be as small as you want - but generally, 8.5 x 11 should be the largest (there will actually probably be several images as large as 11 x 17-but we'll take care of those, unless you really want to...).

Paper should be white or slightly off-white and should be relatively lightweight (so we can cut it out easily) but not *too* lightweight so it won't buckle when glued down (copier paper is great).

Drawings that are copied should be originally done in dark pencil (4b or softer) or pen & ink. Shading is fine and good, but try not to have too large an area solidly shaded in black. Drawings should be in black and white (no color), and outlines should be fairly clear line-art - not "sketchy".

Feel free and encouraged to send as many drawings as you'd like. We need them starting NOW and up until July 31st. See more images at http://artfarmmotel.blogspot.com/2006/03/welcome-to-art-farm-motel.html OK-let's see, getting the drawings to us. If you're sending us drawings or copies-send to:

Art Farm Motel
211 Donald Street
Graton, California 95444

For scans or any questions, e-mail Tony at: fallguy-at-sonic-.-net

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CENTER CAMP CAFE IS BOOKING PERFORMERS, POETS AND SPEAKERS NOW!

For daily 2pm speaker series: seeking 30-60 min interactive workshops and lectures of interest to the Burning Man Community. Please contact cafeperformance-at-burningman-.-com

We also still have spots for original live performance including: aerialists, circus, dance, radical puppetry, butoh, theatre, magicians, and wildly innovative "whattheheckwasthat-ers" of all shapes and sizes. No fire. No cover bands. Please contact: cafeperformance-at-burningman-.-com

For Spoken Word Stage: Seeking poets, comedians, satirists, and other spoken word performers. Please contact: poboy-at-burningman-.-com

We are also still looking for volunteer MCs, skilled sound techs and shift managers to coordinate performers and stage crew.

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CALLING ALL GUARDIAN ANGELS - TEMPLE GUARDIAN LEADER 2006

Mark Grieve is returning with the Temple of Hope this year and The Temple Guardians are once again looking for new members. The wonderful league of Guardian Angels who keep watch over Mark's temple at night, As a Temple Guardian you'll be entrusted with the safety of the temple denizens, and the temple structure, for a mere 3 hours. Bring along your friends, better yet, sign them up as Guardians too, and make it an unforgettable night of interaction and participation with a living, breathing, work of art like no other. To learn more about the Temple Guardians, or to receive an invite to join our exclusive yahoo club where you can sign up for a shift of guardianship via email:

templeguardians-at-mindspring-.-com

with "New Guardian" in the subject line. See you all on the Playa, Kilika

PLUS! PARTICIPATE IN THE TEMPLE RIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO

One of the Temple of Hope sculptures has been installed at the 'Bean There' coffeshop at 201 Steiner Street at Waller (in the Lower Haight) in San Francisco.

This is a great chance for everyone - whether or not they attend Burning Man - to see an element of this year's Temple. It's also intended to give anyone who cannot attend the event a chance to write their dedications, memorials, or thoughts on one of the Temple sculptures. This will be brought up to Burning Man and installed as part of the Temple of Hope, and will burn with the Temple on Sunday night of the event.

Come by during regular coffeeshop hours and see it, and write a dedication if you wish.

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PHILLY TRUCK TO BRC

The Videogasm Truck is a go! Our seventh year. Making a stopover in Detroit. For all the details see the web site: http://www.videogasm.com/burningman/bigoletruck/

Keep on Truckin...
Thanks!
Andy Wing

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BRING HOME THE BACON

Season's Greetings, Burners. The Black Rock Beacon is gearing up for its sophomore year on the Playa, and we need your help to make it happen. We're raffling off a one-year membership to the Bacon of the Month club, the gift that keeps on giving calories. Starting in September, our lucky winner will receive a different artisanal bacon every month for the next year, a tasty reminder of the best Black Rock City has to offer. There's also a free Bacon t-shirt, a pig (ballpoint) pen and monthly comic strip.

We're raffling off chances to win this fabulous prize for $10 a pop. We'll hold a drawing first thing on Monday and announce the winner in the Beacon on Tuesday. If you can't come by the pick up the voucher, we'll mail it to you right after the event.

Bacon of the Month club only delivers in the United States, but the voucher is transferable so if you're outside America you can gift it to somebody else.

The best way to donate is to use the PayPal link on our website, www.blackrockbeacon.org -- you can pay by credit card if you don't have a PayPal account, but we'll also take cash, checks or money orders by mail at Black Rock Beacon, 32657 9th PL. S, Federal Way, WA 98003

We're also looking to fill a few key positions on our staff, including an opening for a provocative columnist, and we always need writers, photographers, editors and delivery people to join us on the Playa. So come visit our website or join us on Tribe.net at http://theblackrockbeacon.tribe.net.

Lux. Veritas. Lardum.

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PISS CLEAR - DEADLINE FOR SENDING SUBMISSIONS IS: TUES, AUGUST 1

Adrian writes: "The new deadline for sending submissions to PISS CLEAR is has been changed to TUESDAY, AUGUST 1st.

Seriously, this is the latest I can accept stuff. My schedule in August is going to be hell, compounded by the fact that my new printer wants everything much earlier than last year. So write it up and send it in!

And yes, I really am doing the "Piss Clear /Dos & Don'ts of the Playa". Send me your photos along with snarky captions! If you're wondering what kind of "Dos & Don'ts" I'm looking for, click on over to /Vice/ magazine, who we are blatantly ripping off: http://www.viceland.com/dosanddonts/samples2.php

Thanks so much!
Adrian Roberts, Editor
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PISS CLEAR
Black Rock City's favorite alternative newspaper
Burning Man's snarky reality check since 1995
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pissclear-at-pissclear-.-org
http://www.pissclear.org

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HELP KOSTUME KULT FOR BURNING MAN 2006

For many playa years, Kostume Kult has been freely gifting tens of thousands of dollars worth of costumes to all comers every year. We help people participate changing their BM experiences and, for some, their lives.

As a NYC-based camp who travel thousands of miles, our mission ain't easy and involves getting a massive amount of costumes and infrastructure from here to there. To do so, we work hard year-around on costume soliciations and fundraiser events, and all people camping with Kostume Kult pay playa dues.

This year the big news is that we just bought out a defunct Ft. Lauderdale Costume Warehouse and have one ton of costumes (yes, 2000 lbs.) to give away on-playa. The problem now is, we just spent most of our cash on this grande endeavor and are scurrying about trying to make ends meet.

How can you help? Check out the Kostume Kult website for full info on some of our resource needs. Among them:

- We need to ship a large number of costume boxes from both NYC and Colorado Springs (where two costume companies have donated 20+ boxes) to BRC. We are seeking a burner-friendly shipping company who will give a great price or hope to find someone who is driving a truck or roomy RV from/through either locale.

- We need someone in Reno who can receive and store costume box deliveries for a few days.

- Couches, carpenters, shade structures: Being NYers, every year we expend a ton of time and energy flying into Reno early and driving around looking for this stuff. Looking for anyone out west who can donate and/or deliver such things to save us $ that would go towards shipping.

There are many other resources we need and ways you can help. For more information about the Kostume Kult please visit us at: http://www.kostumekult.com

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FIRE IN THE BELLY AT BURNING MAN 2006

On Saturday night in Black Rock City, The Man burns every year. On Sunday night at Burning Man 2006, a pregnant Mother figure, in mourning for her child, will burn right on the ashes of the Man. The artists who will create "Fire in the Belly" would like to encourage mourning parents to bring burnable tokens to the art installation on Sunday.

Please help her and find out more at: http://www.fireinbelly.com

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THE VIKINGS NEED VEGGIE OIL

Radio Free Valhalla, playa-home to the Viking Youth Power Hour (www.vikingyouth.com), will be traveling to Burning Man this year in their newly acquired WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil) school bus. If you work at a restaurant or store that has Waste Vegetable Oil, or if you have a hook up to Veggie Oil in some other capacity, the Vikings need your help in obtaining that oil.

We will be travelling from Chicago to Black Rock City (about 2,000 miles one way) via Route 80 through Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah & Nevada and need friendly hook ups and pit stops along the way where we can refill our WVO tank to continue our trip. If you have any leads on Co-ops or restaurants or any place where we can take the WVO off someone's hands please contact us at vikingyouth-at-thefeedlot-.-org.

By traveling to Black Rock City by WVO we are not only saving ourselves a ton of money, but we're also helping to minimize the impact our traveling will have on the planet. It's financially beneficial for us and also for the restaurants whose oil we use as they normally have to pay a fee to have their oil hauled. Traveling by WVO not only makes our trip a living example of the possibilities available for more sustainable, less damaging fuel alternatives, but is also a hell of a lot of fun. Be a part of this experiment and help us find some WVO!!

Stop by Radio Free Valhalla every day at 2:00pm on the playa for live recordings of the Viking Youth Power Hour, voted Chicago's favorite podcast. Past guests have included Alex Grey, R.U. Sirius, Hunter Thompson biographer Wayne Ewing, Jim DeRogatis and many more. We will also be doing a workshop on WVO conversion check the What, Where, When for time and info on that.

Thanks!
Radio Free Valhalla & the Viking Youth Power Hour
http://www.vikingyouth.com
vikingyouth-at-thefeedlot-.-org

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HEAVENLY FEET NEED YOUR SOCKS

Sock it to us. Fix your Sock Karma. Heavenly Feet, the original vinegar foot wash needs 1,000's of clean socks. We have given away more than 10,000 pairs of socks. We hope to recycle some of yours this year. Clean out your sock drawer and drop them by Heavenly Feet on the Playa. Pick up available in the SF By Area.

Please contact Annetta via email: annettap-at-hotmail-.-com

or via phone: 510 893 6499

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CONEXUS CATHEDRAL WELDING SESSIONS, JULY 21- 23 AND ONGOING

The Conexus Cathedral is a large-scale representation of a gothic cathedral at Burning Man 2006. http://www.conexusvillage.org

We need your help!

Some of you have already expressed an interest in helping out with fabrication of the Conexus Cathedral. This Thursday evening July 13 is going to be a really fun welding session, please contact the lead Kevin Wells at: kevinwells-at-hotmail-.-com or phone: 415-596-5348 if you can make it.

We'll be doing welding and carpentry work this weekend and our next BIG weekend of welding sparks will be July 21-23, please contact Tom Wrobel about those: tswrobel-at-gmail.com or phone: 415-577-4363

And we welcome you to just some by during those times for a look. It is really amazing!

Dan Dunkle

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THE CELLSPACE ROLLER JAM FUNDRAISER, THURSDAY JULY 27, S.F.

Thursday, July 27- 8PM to Midnight

It's time to break out those disco roller skates and get ready to party!

Come join D. Miles, San Francisco's GodFather of Skating and the Black Rock Rollers at the CellSpace in San Francisco as we present the first of several roller disco events that will help raise funds to bring the Golden Gate Park skate scene to the playa at Burning Man 2006. Come on out and get your skate groove on with the Black Rock Roller Disco and have a funky good time with us!

The Cellspace in located on Bryant St. between 18th and 19th in San Francisco's Mission District. The Black Rock Roller Disco takes over the facility from 8:00 P.M. to Midnight. Come and get your skate groove on with us as we continue to build on the ultimate interactive Burning Man experience on wheels!

This year our camp will have better skates, a bigger skate surface, 2 foosball tables, a pool table, air hockey and more. We'll be pumpin' with the JBL powered 15's all night long and you'll be able to spot that disco ball from a mile away - maybe 2. Also be on the lookout for some hot all girl Roller Derby action on the roller rink. They may give the Thunderdome a run for their money - on skates!

This is the first of four fundraising events that the Black Rock Rollers will be presenting as we approach Burning Man 2006. These events are:

Thurs. July 27 - Black Rock Roller Disco CellSpace

Sat. July 29 - The SF Beer Olympics - Golden Gate Park

Sat. Aug. 5 - Black Rock Roller Disco at Redwood Roller Rink in Redwood City, Ca.

Thurs. Aug. 17 - Black Rock Roller Disco CellSpace

For more information, call the Cellspace at 415-648-7562 or D. Miles Jr., the GodFather of Skating at 415-752-1967 or go to the web at:

http://www.cora.org

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BURNING DOGOODERS HELP HOMELESS YOUTH IN LA - EVENT SUN. JULY 30

As we gather our resources and throw our last-minute fundraiser parties to cover the mounting costs of our theme camps and art cars, Burning Do-Gooders hope many of you can take a break from all your playa preparations and come down to Santa Monica on Sunday, July 30th for a fundraiser of a different sort.

Inspired by the amazing efforts of Burners Without Borders on the Gulf Coast and beyond, a group of Burner friends decided to take their own small step toward doing good locally in the name of the Burner community. So yes, they're throwing yet another fundraiser party -- but not for a theme camp. It's for an organization doing amazing work right in their home in Los Angeles.

They're called My Friend's Place, and for 18 years they've been helping homeless youth in Los Angeles get their lives back on track. They do this by offering meals, clothes, a place to hang out, job training, health education services, creative writing classes, and lots more. They even teach juggling and stilt-walking classes. Really.

So mark your calendars for Sunday, July 30th, and come on down to the Mor Bar for an evening of fun, friends, dancing, good vibes and a great cause. All for just 7 bucks -- or five if you bring a friend!

Playa attire encouraged but optional.

The Burning Do-Gooders and Burners Without Borders present:

Good One
a benefit party for
My Friend's Place
helping homeless youth in Los Angeles
http://www.myfriendsplace.org

Sunday, July 30th 7pm to 2am

at The Mor Bar, 2941 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90291
Silent raffle featuring artwork, photography, bodywork sessions and more

Admission is $7 per person or $10 for two...so bring a friend!

More info/updates/performers/artist/DJ info at:
http://www.burningdogooders.com

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PORTLAND'S "SOAK" REGIONAL BURN REPORT

Krumpet, the Portland Regional Contact, writes:

"Something happened this weekend. It wasn't about DJs, fire and art. It was about community.

"Thanks to the Miller family and their beautiful land, most people drove only about an hour to find themselves in a wooded canyon with pockets of meadow and creek, picnic areas, and a swimming hole. From Friday morning to Sunday evening, I saw people helping each other, sharing meals, creating projects, transporting art and burn barrels around, leading the new and learning from the wise. Our vibe was absorbed by the owners and some local residents, who walked or rode the property when we were there. They were very impressed with our respect of the land and each other. I invited them all to come back for the Burn and they did - but more on that later.

"Highlights: The first-timers. All of them. We painted bodies, we recruited them into projects, we signed them up for greeter shifts and then couldn't make them leave the greeter station. Koren, first-timer, said, 'Oi! Soak was AMAZING. I'm not sure I can say why . . . I'm still trying to re-re-re-adjust to life outside of the woods. I keep expecting to pass a corner and wander into a camp full of cheerful exciting people. Thank you everybody!' Ah, makes me think of my first time.

"Evil Dave from Seattle camped next to my friend Todd from Salem who was seriously injured in a car accident. Todd has a lot of memory loss, and Dave discovered that they had lived in the same town (on the same street) for a while some years ago. Dave sat with him and talked about all the places in the neighborhood and helped him refill a part of his brain.

"The owner told me a story about a church group that he won't let back because they were "too weird", and then asking me if we wanted to use the location again next year :)

"Talking of fire... SOAK took place in a rural community where not much happens and they like it that way. When we first talked to Marion County FD, we asked to do a burn, have some fire art and some fire performers. They had no idea what we were talking about. When we showed up for the fire inspection last Tuesday, the chief, chief's assistant and marshall approved everything but said they wanted to send a truck down. For free. On Saturday the fire chief took his daily stroll through the property (he lives on the edge of it) and said he was thinking about not sending the truck. We convinced him that it would be a good experience for his men.

With a late burn approval because of the dry weather, we decided to have a community man building on Saturday using natural materials from the property. Ranger dragon brought in materials to build a burn platform and made a small man to let every know it was on. Aaron Trotter brought one of his body sculptures and attached it to the body, symbols were carved and attached, fallen tree branches turned into arms and a beautiful scarecrow of a man appeared.

We had talented fire performers, a fire pendulum, a cozy burn and locals (including the firemen) standing around in amazement. The three youngest firemen went home & came back wearing their gifted SOAK laminates, the local residents helped us move a stuck vehicle and offered to store anything we wanted until next year.

Notable visitors...Diem from Seattle!...Rangers from WA/OR/CA...RWBers from Santa Cruz...local residents....

Did I mention? SOAK 2007 ~ July 20, 21, 22"

Krumpet\Portland

pics: http://www.portlandburners.com

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