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4/3/2014 2:01:00 PM
Concert benefits Sedona Smart Meter Awareness

Producer Daniel Holland has engaged a caring community of local talents and performers to help raise funds and awareness about the dangers of Smart Meters. The free performance is Saturday April 5, 6-9PM, at 7 Centers Yoga, 2215 Mountain Rd, Sedona. There will be a raffle with gifts donated by local healers and practitioners.

Performers signed on as of press time include Carrie Konyha, Nathan Saith Gangadean, Rion Hunter, D.J. Ecks, and Chris Swyt.

Carrie Konyha, award winning world class professional belly dancer, will perform with her dance group, White Lotus Dance Troupe. Carrie's formal dance training encompasses gymnastics, classical ballet, modern dance, Bharata Natyami, Folkloric Arabic Dance, Turkish Orientale, Classical Egyptian Belly Dance, Turkish Ram and Tribal Improvisational Belly Dance.

Nathan Saith Gangadean is a local musician, singer, music producer, yoga teacher and spiritual hiking guide. He has appeared with internationally acclaimed artists Freedom and Chris Spheeris. Nathan will be sharing original and heartful guitar and vocals.

Presenting riveting spoken words will be Rion Hunter, known for appearing with Kenny Rogers in Gambler III and in Mystic Warrior TV mini series. His film work includes "The Doors" with Val Kilmer and "Year One" with Jack Black.

D.J. Ecks will spin his funky, dance inspiring eclectic mix of music with a good dance beat, and Chris Swyt, who studied music at Valley College and Sacramento State in California, will inspire the audience with offerings on his melodic and beautiful string guitar.

On Sunday, April 6 at 2 PM, at 7 Centers Yoga, there will be a free screening and discussion of the award winning documentary "Take Back Your Power."

Sedona Smart Meter Awareness is a grassroots organization dedicated to informing our local communities about our choice to opt out of an unproven technology. The group has provided flyers, website, free showings of "Take Back Your Power", ads in local newspapers as well as a door to door effort to distribute information on how to opt out of Smart Meters which are scheduled for installation in Sedona in April. 100% of the proceeds collected at the benefit will go towards printing and mailing, setting up a health registry, conducting a study of health and environmental impact as well as any future legal expense to keep Sedona Smart Meter free and for "no fee opt out," according to SSMA founders Monnie Ramsell and Nancy Baer.

According to Ramsell, "Most residents have not heard of Smart Meters and wireless mesh grid technology or the option for no fee opt out. There is a health study currently underway by the AZ Department of Health Services to study the health impact of Smart Meters due to the high volume of health complaints. Microwave radiation emitted by Smart Meters were classified as a Class 2B Carcinogen by the World Health Organization in May 2011 and The American Academy of Environmental Health states that the evidence of harm is irrefutable and they have called for a moratorium on smart meters and implementation of safer technology." Holland became interested in the issue when he experienced headaches and other reactions when Smart Meters were installed where he was living. For concert information, call 284-1544.

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