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Healing Headbands host ArtHeals Fundraiser

Healing Headbands

Non-profit organization, the Healing Headbands Project, hosted a fundraiser at the Tilles Center to help expand the Laugh Create Heal program. Funds raised at the ArtHeals benefit will be used to expand the Laugh Create Heal workshops to children’s hospitals, community organizations and schools throughout the United States. Local hospitals that currently are involved with the Laugh Create Heal program include Cohen’s Children Medical Center and Stony Brook Hospital.

The Healing Headbands Project combines the healing power of laughter and art to create and heal through special workshops. “When I was in Central American visiting my daughter in Guatemala, I went to a marketplace and saw the most beautiful madras headbands I ever saw in my life,” said Barbara Grapstein, founder of Healing Headbands Project. Grapstein researched, designed and created a comfortable headband made from a nylon/spandex material with a built in sun protector, perfect for patients undergoing treatments. “The headbands are cozy and comfy-feels like a hug,” said Grapstein

“My partner Barbara Grapstein and have dream of helping people creatively heal themselves with their art,” said Joanie Accolla, co-founder of Healing Headbands Project. The money will go towards certifying for Child Life Specialists for the Laugh Create Heal workshop. “Let us know if there’s someone in the community whether it’s your corporation, a hospital that you know, a college campus, we’ll do walks, drives, bike races and we’ll offer headbands and create with anybody,” said Grapstein.

Another important part of the program is the laugh element. Ericka Ruiz, a Laughter Yoga instructor, learned from Dr. Madan Kataria in India to help her patients with Alzheimer’s. “If you laugh, you bond with people,” said Ericka Ruiz. Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing. A popular mantra being chanted during Laughter Yoga is “HO HO HO HA HA HA .” This chant helps the body receive 3 times the amount of oxygen in half the amount of time. In only 5-10 minutes you will feel more energy from the oxygen. Laughter Yoga also helps create new connections in the brain by clapping palm to palm and finger to finger. “When you start doing exercises, stretches, getting more oxygen, your body is talking to your brain. You can change the dialogue by moving your body in a positive ways, even if your mind says no,” said Ruiz.

The ArtHeals auction featuring art created in the Laugh Create Heal workshop by fashion designer Donna Karan, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, and former New York Yankee Mariano Rivera. “All of these artists have gone through our workshop. It was a real game changer for them,” said Grapstein.

(Donna Karan)

(Mariano Rivera)

(Keith Richards)

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The Best Holiday Shows Based on Christmas Movies

Holiday Shows

Did you know that some of the best holiday and Christmas movies are also plays and musicals?  The best part is you don’t have to travel all the way into NYC to see these plays; they are located right on Long Island. Make the holidays magical and memorable; plan a family outing to one of these holiday shows.

A Christmas Story

Dates: December 15, 2017 – December 27, 2017

Location: Patchogue Theatre

71 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772

Price: From $29-89 & Student Rush: $35 (1 hr before show with student ID)


A Christmas Story, The Musical depicts the timeless holiday favorite where Ralphie tries to convince his parents that they should buy him a Red Ryder B.B for Christmas. Enjoy iconic scenes like Flick getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole, the leg lamp in the window and the pink bunny suit. Get your tickets now, I triple-dog-dare you!



Location: John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street

Northport, NY 11768

Dates: November 18 – December 31, 2017


Frosty the Snowman is not just a beloved holiday song and childhood cartoon, it’s also a play. Frosty tries to save the town of Chillsville when Ethel Pierpot’s evil machine starts melting all the snow. Will Frosty make it back to the North Pole? Head over the hills of snow in Northport and see this timeless classic.


A Charlie Brown Christmas Live

Location: Madison Theatre at Molloy College

1000 Hempstead Avenue

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Public Square Lobby

Dates: December 28 – December 30, 2017


Price: $45-$95

The animated special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, aired over 50 years ago on television. Watch this story come to life in a stage adaptation featuring your favorite Peanut characters and classic score by Vince Guaraldi. Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they uncover the true meaning of Christmas.


Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Location: Tilles Center

720 Northern Boulevard Brookville, NY 11548-1300

Date: November 26, 2017 (Family workshop 1pm, Show starts 2pm)


Tilles Your Way: (Buy 3 or more) prices: $53, $44, $35 (Prices reflect a 10% subscription discount and include a $3 facility fee)

Prices: Regular prices: $58, $48, $38 (prices include a $3 facility fee)

Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? That’s right, Rudolf! The 1964 animated television special is soaring off the screen and hitting the stage. Join Rudolf, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster as they help Santa save Christmas.


It’s A Wonderful Life

Location: Suffolk Theater

118 E Main Street

Riverhead, NY 11901

Date & Time: Sunday December 17, 2017 at 6:00PM  (Bar & Restaurant open at 4:30 Show at 6pm)

Price: $15, $20, $30 (Ticket options for this event includes row seating and cabaret seating)


The 1946 film, A Wonderful Life, is based on the short story, The Greatest Gift. After George Bailey wishes he was never been born, an angel is sent to earth to show him how many lives he impacted and how life would be different if he was never born. Watch A Wonderful Life performed live in the style of an old time radio show at Suffolk Theater’s state of the art marquee.