May 9, 2015 · 9:30am

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A Day in Nepal: A Benefit for Earthquake Relief

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In response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal that has claimed more than 6,000 lives, injured countless others, and caused great amounts of damage, we are teaming with a number of area folks who have a connection to Nepal to raise money for a relief fund. This all-day event is a celebration of the people and culture of Nepal.

Here is a message from the organizers:

We are a community of people in Lancaster, PA who have either lived in Nepal or traveled there and been touched deeply by the  kind people of Nepal, inspired by the amazing Nepali culture and challenged and rewarded by the Himalayan mountains. Because Nepal has given us so many gifts over and over again, we are committed to giving back to Nepal in her time of greatest need.

The needs will continue to unfold over the coming months. Our goal is to get all funds raised into the direct hands of Nepali people in need. Because we have many long term friends and family in country, you can feel confident that your money will not be spent in overhead and salaries. Three areas we already know the funds will go to include:  hospitals in Kathmandu that are overwhelmed with patients and not enough supplies, to a village Archale outside of Kathmandu that had tremendous damage and to specific families in Kathmandu who have lost their homes. Please be generous to assist Nepal on the road to healing and recovery.

As many of you know, Joe has spent some time in Nepal, which has had a great impact on his life. You can read the beginning of his journal, which we will be posting regularly on our blog.

Throughout the day we will have Nepali food served up by the folks from Himalayan Curry & Grill and Taj Mahal Restaurant. There will be Nepali dancers, henna people, a Hindu priest, and much more. Ten Thousand Villages will be on hand with products from Nepal, and Mennonite Central Committee will be involved, but will not be present.


We will be taking donations at the door, and all proceeds will be handed directly to those who need it the most. There will also be opportunities to purchase goods, with all proceeds going to this fund.

We will have a full day of events, with new elements to be added as we approach the date. As of now, here is our schedule for the day.

  • 9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m. –  Yoga (led by West End Yoga and Evolution Power Yoga – bring your own mats)
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. –  Prayer and Meditation – led by Mary Ellen Francescani and Cynthia Kilbourn
  • 11:3o a.m. – 12:3o p.m. –  Yoga (led by West End Yoga and Evolution Power Yoga – bring your own mats)
  • 12:oo p.m.  – Lunch begins
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. –   Speaker Tom Laird, an author, photographer, and journalist who lived in Nepal for 35 years, is one of the foremost experts on Nepal/Tibet and will be giving updates on the current situation in Nepal.
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Interfaith prayers for Nepal.
  • 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Grand opening of our Green Roof bar and kickoff of our new rooftop grilling and smoker menu.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. –   Old Time Jam in the lounge on the second floor. Mark Rast, Jordan Rast, Corty Byron, Dave Pedrick, Neal Pressley, Doug Riley,  Matt Underhill, and a few others will be on hand to lead a special version of our weekly Sunday Sessions, so bring your instrument and join our community of musicians.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m – Victory Brewing Summer Love launch party in Tig Caleb.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. –   Music from Tuck Ryan & Jordan Rast
  • 5:00 p.m. – Dinner begins.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Corty Byron & Friends
  • 7:00 p.m – 8:30 p.m. –  music from Gabriel Donohue
  • 9:00 p.m.  – music from Jon Paul and Jake Lewis & the Clergy

We’ll also give you the chance to design your own prayer flag that we will take to Nepal with us to deliver to them when we deliver the funds.

Tellus360 Store Reopens!

Also, Tellus360 Store reopens for the day. We still have a room full of merchandise from our days as a store, and many of you have been asking about those products. We’re going to be selling them all off with 100% of proceeds going to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. This is your chance to get some of the great products we used to sell. One day only. Everything must go.

Additionally, Ten Thousand Villages will be joining us in selling products from Nepal with all proceeds going to the cause. This also helps them order new products from Nepal, and get more people back to work! We urge you to bring cash to use in the store and throughout the building. (We do have an ATM in our basement, and there are other ATMs nearby.)

We encourage you to join us, and also encourage you to donate to a cause that we truly believe in, as we seek to do our part in rebuilding those villages most affected by the earthquake.