The public is invited to spend Independence Day at the Center for Spiritual Awareness as it presents the CSA 4th of July Carnival: Picnic & Performance. This family-friendly event runs from 12 noon – 4 pm on Friday, July 4th at the Center for Spiritual Awareness in West Sacramento. The Carnival includes activities for kids, picnic food and beverages, and two special performances that explore America’s dynamic past and multifaceted present.
The CSA 4th of July Carnival will begin at 12 noon, when children are invited to go outside and jump in bouncers, coast down the slip and slide, have their faces painted, and get dunked in a dunk tank. Traditional 4th of July fare such as hot dogs, potato salad, and apple pie will be offered inside CSA’s spacious social room.
At 1:30 pm CSA Teens will present America the Change, an episodic new theatre piece created by teenagers who are exploring their relationship to the country in which they are living. A pastiche of spoken word, dance, and music, the cast of America the Change will offer its unique perspective on the values and viabilities of growing up American.
At 1:30 pm Generation Next Media will perform The Living Constitution: A Lively Look at the Creation of America. Told with wit, humor, and breakneck energy, The Living Constitution portrays the kings, generals, statesmen, and everyday people whose ideas gave birth to the greatest 250-year experiment in government the world has ever known. Many Americans have a limited understanding of the fourteen months in which a group of individuals dreamt, debated and fought to create the laws that came to define our nation. The Living Constitution first depicts the world that inspired this effort, traces the struggles our founding fathers faced to bring the Constitution to life, and ends with the effect it has had on today’s world. The play reminds us that, in an increasingly polarized climate, it’s important to remember the story that unites us all.
Originally commissioned by the Sacramento Public Library for its 2012 “One Book” celebration, The Living Constitution has played to enthusiastic audiences throughout Sacramento in venues including elementary schools, high schools and churches.
Although admission to the CSA Carnival is free, tickets for America the Change and The Living Constitution is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children under twelve. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. A hot dog, potato salad, and beverage combo will be sold for $2. Side dishes and desserts will be priced individually.
The Center for Spiritual Awareness opened its doors in midtown Sacramento in 1998 and then moved to its present location in West Sacramento where it purchased its own 12,500 square-foot facility. A New Thought community with transcendental relatives such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, CSA demonstrates acceptance and respect for all, regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. CSA believes that there is a power for good in the universe, and that we can use this power to make our lives and the world a place of beauty and opportunity
. Under the spiritual leadership of Senior Minister, Reverend Georgia Prescott, CSA provides spiritual support for its members and compassionate support to those in need in Sacramento. CSA Events Center regularly hosts local and national talent, including Hot Buttered Rum, Dave Lindley, Anton Mizerak, and many others.
The CSA Teens are the eldest of the more than fifty children who comprise the CSA Youth Program. Under the direction of Javier Zuniga, the CSA Teens invite professionals to speak on their annual Career Night, participate in regional teen retreats, and attend Centers for Spiritual Living summer camps.
The Living Constitution: A Lively Look at the Creation of America is produced by Generation Next Media, a film, television, and live performance production company committed to the creation of entertaining, empowering, and commercially viable works. The Living Constitution is written and directed by Generation Next Media co-founders Melanie Smith and Gary Weinberg. With an MA in Theatre Arts from CSUS, Smith served on American River College theatre arts faculty for nearly a decade, was one of the founding directors of California Stage, and has directed and choreographed in Equity, community, and academic arenas for more than twenty-five years. A screenwriting instructor and member of Screen Actors Guild, Weinberg has performed with Equity and community venues in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.
For more information, contact the Center for Spiritual Awareness at 916-374-9177.