Sunday, June 24, 2012 - SWAPPORTUNITY co-hosted by SF/BA MECDA and Lunatic Fringe. Watch for details on our website and in upcoming newsletters.

Sunday, July 29, 2012 - Dancers' Night co-hosted by SF/BA MECDA and Angel. Watch for details on our website and in upcoming newsletters.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 - SF/BA MECDA's FABULOUS FALL COLORS Festival & Fundraiser, Hillview Community Center, Multipurpose Room, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.  Watch for details on our website and in upcoming newsletters.

We've had a great response from the community for dancer night venue recommendations. We now have several such events in the planning stage that will complete our 2012 calendar. Please continue to send us your recommendations and we'll continue to check them out. We're looking forward to hosting an event at your favorite location!

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Summer is Here!
We just enjoyed a long holiday weekend. Did you fire up the grill? Have a hot dog or two? Bring out your red, white and blue?  Did you wave your flag proudly while watching a parade? We observed Memorial Day, a day set aside for us to honor our fallen heroes, as well as give thanks to those that have come home and to all the men and women who are currently in the Armed Forces and continue to put their lives on the line to protect our freedom each and every day.

The Bay Area also celebrated the 75th Birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge with spectacular fireworks capping off a daylong party.

The 2012 Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant also took place over this past weekend. The Board would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate the following:

SAN MIGUEL - 2012 Belly Dancer of the Year
TROUPE DHYANIS - 2012 Troupe of the Year 
EMBER ROSE - 2012 Duet of the Year
HASSAN YOUSEF DEEB - 2012 Grand Dancer of the Year 
SHOSHANNA ESTELL - 2012 Tribal Soloist of the Year
SHUPADA - 2012 Tribal Ensemble of the Year

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We have confirmed the date and place. Be sure to mark your calendars now for SF/BA MECDA's FABULOUS FALL COLORS Festival & Fundraiser. Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Hillview Community Center, Multipurpose Room, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, 11 am to 7 pm. Event will include Festival Dancing, Featured Dancers, Vendors and More! Watch for more details, including planning committee meeting, call for volunteers, etc., in upcoming newsletters.

Right now we're looking forward to seeing you at our next scheduled event on June 24th. Be sure to read below for important information.

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Paloma of Lunatic Fringe Belly Dance Essentials

And San Francisco Bay Area MECDA Present


Sunday, June 24, 2012 - Noon to 5 pm
182 South Murphy St., Sunnyvale, CA
Free Admission & Parking

Shop, Sell - gently used, pre-loved,
test driven dance items galore!
Dance Wear - DVDs - CDs -
DIY Materials - Books - More!
No commercial merchandise.
Contact Paloma directly for selling details at 

Event Special - Four FREE 30 Minute Workshops
presented at the top of each hour by
Lunatic Fringe instructors who are
generously donating their time & talent.
1 pm - Celena - Zills
2 pm - Davina - Arms
3 pm - Rayah - Hips
4 pm - Angel - African Belly Dance Fusion

Bring a hip scarf for casual social dancing.
Stay for the whole afternoon!

For more about the Lunatic Fringe boutique
For information about SF/BA MECDA

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Join MECDA!  We would like to invite all of you who haven't already done so to join MECDA and affiliate your membership with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Your affiliation with the SF/BA Chapter insures that a portion of your dues will be used specifically to support your Chapter's activities. By becoming a MECDA member, you will be able to nominate and vote for candidates for board officers. After you have been a member for one year, you also become eligible to run for office yourself. 

To become a MECDA member, go to www.mecda.org/membership, where you can read the information on membership benefits. From there, you may click on "Join MECDA or Renew" to go to the registration page to enter your membership online. Be sure to select "Bay Area (San Francisco)" in the "Chapter Affiliation" drop-down menu. Note, do not use the downloadable membership application form. If you wish to pay your dues by check or money order, please write to info@sfbamecda.org for instructions.

Join our Facebook Group! To join our facebook group, login to Facebook and search for "San Francisco / Bay Area MECDA
”. While the guidelines for posting in this group are in the "About" tab, for your convenience they are printed below for all to read. 
This Facebook group was created primarily for posting and discussing SF/BA MECDA events and issues as well as news about SF Bay Area events, etc., that would be of interest to SF/BA MECDA members and supporters. When posting to this Facebook group, please keep in mind the following guidelines. Group membership can and will be denied or removed for individuals who do not follow these guidelines.

Acceptable: MECDA related events and issues, notices of non-MECDA belly dance and Middle Eastern culture workshops, conferences, tours and other one-time events, for example, film showings. Also first meetings of regular class series.

Unacceptable: Advertisements (dance related or not) for goods and/or services for sale.

Thank you for following these guidelines.                          

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