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Gnusletter for May 15, 2024

Feel like you just heard from us? That's because as of May 1st, our Gnusletter has gone bi-weekly as opposed to our previous 'whenever we get around to it' schedule. Too many people said they "missed" our announcements. We are remedying that, for better or weird!

WIKI! WIKI!
Quick! If you still want to get in on our SUMMER ANTHOLOGY, there's still time. 
Scroll down to the BOOKS section for details.
🍍

IN-PERSON EVENTS
Pirate Mania is sweeping SoCal!
Here be their plunderin' pillagin' schedule. (They're very organized)

  • May 1 - Omni's Pirate Season opens with this year's online Port Tour
  • May 5 - Reservations open for our Christmas in July pirate party on Fri July 20 at Mother's Beach in Long Beach CA
  • May 7 - Reservations open for our Crafty Pirate hat-decorating tea on Fri June 21 at McKenna's Tea Cottage in Seal Beach CA
  • June 10 - our 7-week Scallywag Summer Enrichment Program kicks off online with 3 immersive lessons per week
  • June 21 - Crafty Pirate hat-decorating tea at McKenna's Tea Cottage in Seal Beach CA
  • June 21 - Reservations open for Charles Spratley's Republic of Pirates tea talk on Sat Aug 24 at Madeline Garden in Pasadena
  • July 11 - Kids Club STH Kickoff & Pirate Parley at the Highlands Family Success Center in West Milford NJ
  • July 18 - Kids Club Adventure Map Packing Party at the Highlands Family Success Center in West Milford NJ
  • July 20 - Christmas in July pirate party at Mother's Beach in Long Beach CA 
  • July 25 - Kids Club Search for Plunderin' Percival's Treasure at the Highlands Family Success Center in West Milford NJ
  • August 24 - Republic of Pirates Tea Talk with Charles Spratley at Madeline Garden in Pasadena CA     


BOOKS
Despite efforts to quash it, the Victorian secret society book is finally available to the public! As is the accompanying EXPOSÉ!


WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION

📆 BOOK SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

Still considering participating in our pop-up anthology?

Topic: Your most memorable summer
Intentions due by: May 31
Story due: June 30
Word count: 500-5000 words
Format: Prose, poetry, you name it
If interested, email us for details (genie@omniocademy.com)
Come with us as we enjoy this opportunity for some light-hearted nostalgia 
(You keep the copyright to your work, we use it by your permission. Any proceeds would go to the Ocademy's Whimsicalitea Arts nonprofit)



COURSES
Shared Treasure Hunt's 21-lesson Scallywag Enrichment Program kicks off this year on June 10


🔦SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
with Omnifête Sponsor Aparna Raghavan
  • Aparna, where do you live? I live in Northern Virginia, 45 mins from Washington DC.
  • What do you do for a living? I’m a Software Engineer turned Energy Practitioner. Since 2016, I’ve empowered hundreds of women and children (and some men who are energy enthusiasts) to release their deep-rooted emotions and stuck energies, reprogram their subconscious beliefs, and realign their inner world to match the external reality that they are craving.
  • What made you want to become a Whimsi sponsor? What’s not to LOVE about this incredible non-profit organization that nurtures creativity and inspires artistic expression, with a focus on our younger generation! I am honored to be a small part of this incredible effort that can create massive ripple effects by nurturing our young minds and hearts.
  • Which (if any) of our upcoming activities & events look the most fun or interesting to you? I am totally psyched about the Broom Driver’s License Certification at Omnifête!
  • What do you do for fun? I love to travel with my family. We are an adventurous bunch, and every destination brings a whole new experience that nourishes our soul and fills our heart with beautiful memories.
  • Tell us about what you're working on now/next in your biz: I am working on my 8th certification, adding an incredibly powerful and life-altering tool to my energy healing tool kit —The Belief Code by Dr.Bradley Nelson! This work allows for the systematic, comprehensive, and thorough identification and reprogramming of deep-rooted beliefs and belief systems in our subconscious. These hidden beliefs conflict with our conscious goals, keeping us stuck, spinning our wheels, sabotaging our path forward. I can’t wait to put this extraordinary tool to use to rewire your limiting beliefs and belief systems, so you can transform your life and manifest the health, happiness, and abundance you desire.
  • What do you hope people get out of their involvement with Whimsicalitea? I hope people are inspired to embrace fun and adventure and allow magic be a natural part of their day-to-day lives.
Reach Aparna on her website or on Facebook where she posts wonderfully thought-inspiring videos regularly


Catch our latest daily episodes with a new theme each week


Do you love libraries? Want to support them and earn rewards? Fancy being part of a covert cadre of biblioperatives who shower library staff with goodies?



OPPORTUNITIES
Omnicasts are back! Our wacky erstwhile video newscasts have returned. Henceforth they will air fortnightly in synced opposition to our Gnusletter that has gone bi-weekly as well. Contact us if you're ready to join the intrepid, the charismatic, the survivors who make up our news team!
 


Red Pepper Peanut Chutney (Dip)
from our Spotlight Sponsor Aparna Raghavan

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 medium sized red pepper chopped
  • 1/3 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 tomato, diced (optional)
  • 3-4 dried red chilies (whole)
  • salt to taste (1/2 to 3/4 tsp)
  • oil of choice (I prefer cold-pressed coconut oil)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. 
  2. Roast the peanuts on medium heat. 
  3. Add the whole red chillies and roast for a few seconds. 
  4. Add in the chopped red pepper and salt. Roast for a few more minutes until cooked. 
  5. Add the diced tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft and mushy (optional). 
  6. Turn off the heat and allow mixture to cool. 
  7. After it cools down fully, blend to a smooth paste with a little water.


Gnusletter for April 2024


Things are gearing up here in Omnitopia. 
Our nonprofit is going full-steam ahead, in-person theme events are being added, and retired programs are being dragged off the shelves by request.

WIKI! WIKI!
There's still time to gift a loved one with FAIRY GODMOTHER CERTIFICATION 
before Mother's Day! 

BREAKING NEWS
Whimsicalitea (our arts nonprofit) is on a roll of do-goodery & is seeking 2-3 board members to help us better cover the needs and interests of those we seek to serve. If you know anyone with a heart of gold and quirky sense of humor who lives in the Pacific Northwest, the Heartland, or Texas who wants to improve the world, please send them our way.

In-Person Events
Waiting list available for our VICTORIAN SECRET SOCIETY TEA on MAY 18

Click here for our interview with Unyong Kim who helps people overcome burnout to reclaim their joy and peace
click on advent calendar to select your date & show of choice

🔦SUPPORTER SPOTLIGHT
with Whimsicalitea board member Sharon Speck
  • What do you do for a living? I am a retired Pediatric Intensive Care RN. Currently, I attend medical exams with personal injury clients. I also am a back-up school nurse for a young teen in a ventilator. 
  • What made you want to join the Whimsicalitea Arts board? I admire the work that's being done, especially helping children. I also enjoy spending time with board members Joy & Cheryl. I joined as the health advisor and look forward to working on several projects with the board. 
  • What upcoming Whimsi activities are you looking forward to most within the next few months? I am definitely looking forward to ... event name redacted as it will remain super secret until May 18 shhhhhh ... & the upcoming Victorian secret society book launch!
  • What long-term Whimsi activities are you looking forward to? I'm looking forward to Shared Treasure Hunt and seeing it grow.
  • Tell us what else you're up to next. My daughter, Barbara, and I are launching a travel blog this month. We have been working on it for several months.
  • What do you hope people get out of their involvement with Whimsi? I'm hoping that people make friendships during their involvement with Whimsi. Also, to getting involved with the projects and having a sense of accomplishment.

WANT TO BE IN A BOOK?

The 11:11 podcast and E. Gads Hill Press are teaming up to publish a pop-up anthology with the theme WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION.

Topic: Your most memorable summer

Intentions due by: May 7

Story due: June 7

Word count: 500-5000 words

Format: Prose, poetry, you name it

If interested, email us for details (genie @ omniocademy.com)

Come with us as we enjoy this opportunity for some light-hearted nostalgia 

(You keep the copyright to your work, we use it by your permission. Any proceeds would go to the Ocademy's Whimsicalitea Arts nonprofit)

FYI, Surprise Excursions are coming back! ... As are Omnicasts and (soon) our patron program with advance reservation benefits & perqs

from Saturday Dinners with Ang

What did you do on your summer vacation ... Tell the world in our pop-up anthology!

WANT TO BE IN A BOOK?

The 11:11 podcast and E. Gads Hill Press are teaming up to publish a pop-up anthology with the theme WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION.

Topic: Your most memorable summer

Intentions due by: May 31

Story due: July 31

Word count: 500-5000 words

Format: Prose, poetry, you name it

If interested, email us for details (genie @ omniocademy.com)

Come with us as we enjoy this opportunity for some light-hearted nostalgia 

(You keep the copyright to your work, we use it by your permission. Any proceeds would go to the Ocademy's Whimsicalitea Arts nonprofit)

Gnusletter for March 2024


It truly is March Madness here at the Omni Ocademy. 
Hope you can join us at some of the following, in person, online, or in the realm of imagination:

Don't miss next week's FREE 3-part series, READING FOR KEEPS—
the surefire way to turn your kid from a sentence-diagramming slug into a devoted book dragon!
March 18, 20, 22 
at 10am PT / 1pm ET via Google Meet
&
Coming soon — The Top 10 Ways to Efficiencize work, home, school, and play

Historic Tour Guide Charles Spratley is back after a health crisis that threatened to derail his career. Upcoming events with him include a Pirate Talk & Tea, Haunted Hollywood, and a surprise tour this summer. Welcome back, Charles!

Spots our stil available for our LANGUAGE OF THE FAN Crafternoon Tea on APRIL 12
The fan craft tea will be the precursor to our VICTORIAN SECRET SOCIETY TEA on MAY 18

Click here for our interview with Charles Spratley where he talks candidly about coming back from a stroke that rendered him speechless.
For previous episodes, click on your advent calendar of choice

Today's shenanigans's with the Mischief Makers in New Jersey
Visit the Meetup group for upcoming activities, themes, and a field trip!

For readers ages 8-12
the latest interactive Omni Tale 
with Growing Eager Readers lessons

from Sally's Baking Addiction