What playful projects are Liz Nichols into these days? 

Dear <<First Name>>,

Tis spring, tis spring, the bird is on the wing.
My how absurd - I thought the wing was on the bird!

That's how my family passed down that little rhyme - at least as best as I can remember.  Like all folk lore, there's no one right version. Email me if you know another, and let's see how many variations we can collect!

"Known as “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals”, our festival brings a line-up of talented, nationally recognized storytellers to the Schoolhouse stages. People have told stories since the beginning of time and our storytellers keep the tradition alive, voicing the narratives of life, our histories and traditions, our reasons for living, our hopes and dreams."

That's how this amazing festival, now in its 34th year, describes itself. I've been to it numerous times over the years. I adore it, and the magical Nevada City/South Yuba River region where it takes place. And this summer, I am honored and humbled to announce that I will be up on its stage! I'll be the "guest teller", invited from the local community, to perform at the Friday and Saturday evening concerts, along with all the amazing featured tellers drawn from across the country.

I hope I'll see some of you there - and if you email me, I might just have a lead on a place to stay. (Nearby lodgings sell out way ahead every year so don't wait too long.) Learn more at the Sierra Storytelling Festival website and the area tourism bureau. Early bird discounts end July 1st - buy your tickets early!

This opportunity feels like the answer to an inner call to focus more on my storytelling in 2019. I'll still be keeping up my Laughter Yoga schedule, but my kids and family yoga classes will be winding up this month, returning in the fall perhaps on a more limited basis. So family yogis, don't miss this Sunday's class (details below)!

Read on to find out more of what I'm up to. I hope our paths will cross in the coming months. Meantime I wish you a bounty of spring and summer adventures.


I am a proud member of the volunteer Asian Art Museum Storytellers. K-6 teachers, check out our great field trip tours. While I don't have any public tours coming up soon, come along with one of my colleagues any Sunday, especially on Target Sunday (FREE ADMISSION the first Sunday of the month) or Family Fun Day (third Sunday of the month). They will tell you the story - myths and folktales - behind the art. Details here.  

I am super-excited to be co-presenting a workshop, "Once Upon a Gallery," featuring this unique program, at the annual National Storytelling Summit, which will be held in the Bay Area for the first time at the end of July. If you have ANY interest in storytelling, this is an event not to miss. You can even come for just one day - it's July 25-28 at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley.



Sunday Family Fun Yoga 
This Sunday, April 14th @ 2pm
[then on hiatus till fall]
Park Boulevard Yoga Center
4226 Park Blvd, Oakland
Explore yoga the easy way, doing lots of partner & group poses, acting out stories, music, yoga games, conscious breathing, even mindful coloring. 
Kids (ages 4 & up) and adults of all ages - no experience necessary.
 Drop in: $20 per adult/child pair. Additional family member $5. Bring a grandparent for free!
Package of 4 classes for $59 per adult/child pair (expires 6 months from purchase) Click to learn more!


Oakland Lifefire Laughter Yoga 
Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:30pm  

4/22, 5/13, 5/27 (we may skip for Memorial Day - please check Meetup first to confirm),
6/10, 6/24, 7/7, 7/22, 8/12, 8/26

Kaiser Permanente Medical Building
2nd floor PT Conference Rm
3701 Broadway, Oakland (btwn 38th & W MacArthur) 
Secure parking in the attached garage (free exit after 9pm)

FREE; drop-ins welcome. Donations gratefully accepted, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Annie Goglia and Liz Nichols, co-leaders
Find us on Meetup.com
Questions? email oaklandlaughterclub@gmail.com

More Storytelling Around the Bay
FREE for adults & teens. Bring a story or just come listen.
Every 4th Thursday evening, details here
Join our mailing list here (only 2 messages per month, promise!)

Our dates & tentative featured tellers coming up:
4/25 (confirmed!) Jeff Gere, one-of-a-kind master teller from Hawaii!
5/23 Gerry Keenan, powerful personal storyteller from Berkeley
6/27 Craig Cross, weaver of magical tales from Petaluma
7/25 Camille Miller, a Toastmaster who's discovered her inner storyteller
8/22 Marian Ferrante, host of Delta Wordweavers swap in Antioch

Liz Nichols uses decades of experience as a storyteller, elementary teacher, and yoga practitioner to bring The Power of Fun to all ages. She is a Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. 

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