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The Hawthorne Laughter Club gets 2 does of media attention in July!

WOW! As my mom would say, "When it rains it pours!" Although we've had nothing but sunshine here (the secret to living in Portland is the awesome, dry summers). What we have had is several media visits in less than two weeks!

First, the local weekly Portland Mercury has a column titled The Worst. Night. Ever. where the readers get to vote on one of three things that they think would be the most uncomfortable for a particular Mercury reporter based on a write-up of their personality. The reporter then must attend said event and report back. At the end of June visiting the Hawthorne Laughter Club made the list as the Worst. Night. Ever for journalist Ned Lannamann!

But not only that it ended up the top choice in a land slide! So on July 5th Ned made his way down to the club to participate in his Worst. Sunday-afternoon. Ever.

Or not. Despite the fact that he randomly ended up at the club during a 5th Sunday, which means it was Clownie Club day - a day where you can play dress up if you want - he seemed to have an okay time. For many the idea of a clown potentially being there would make it even worse! A good sport he is.

Then on July 7th, we were visited by Producer Tina Antolini from the National Public Radio program State of the RE:Union.

"State of the RE:Union has set out to explore how a particular American city or town creates community, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that give an area its uniqueness."

Stay tuned. The Portland episode is set to air sometime in October.


2 Plus Years Going Strong!

The Hawthorne Laughter Club is still going strong! Very good, very good, yay! We have been at the current location, Hawthorne Wellness Center, for more than two years now. We are so thankful for the arrangement that allows us to laugh in this beautiful space (the studio look out on to this lovely garden space). We clean the studio each Sunday in exchange for free use of the space. We are blessed! The first obstacle in starting a laughter club is always finding an appropriate and reliable location for free or fairly cheap. This allows Laughter Clubs to remain donations-based and no one gets turned away. We are also thankful that this studio is wheelchair accessible allowing everyone to laugh with us!

Now that we are standing the test of time, we consistently have between 15 and 20 people each Sunday from 4-5 pm. We also have many regular club members who put in a lot of time, laughing, cleaning, donating and sharing great ideas. This year we have applied to participate in the famous Rose Festival Starlight Parade. We are hoping to get accepted and share the joy and laughter with greater Portland during this unique and fun-filled event. To keep up with our happenings you can join the Portland Laughter Yoga Meetup or follow Portland Laughter Yoga on Facebook. You can also check out the club manager, Laura Lou Pape-McCarthy's website for 1 Laugh At A Time. We would love to have you join us sometime!


Still laughing, a year later

The Hawthorne Laughter Club will celebrate its first anniversary on New Year's Day.

The Hawthorne Laughter Club has been filling the movement studio of the Hawthorne Wellness Center with peals of laughter since January 2011. At its New Year's meeting on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 4 p.m., the group will celebrate its first anniversary at the Hawthorne Wellness location and also honor and thank the Wellness Center and all of its leaders and laughers, past and present, for support. All are invited to join in the fun.

The club is managed by Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Laura Lou Pape-McCarthy. Leaders Andrea Crisp and Tajha Whiteley also help lead sessions on a regular basis. The Hawthorne Laughter Club began, originally, as the Belmont Laughter Club and was started by Molly Dilg and Jamie Poster in the Spring of 2010. For scheduling reasons, during 2010, the club had to change hands and ultimately find a new home, so the celebration of the one year anniversary is a feat unto its self! Finding space for a laughter club is the hardest part of getting a club going. Hawthorne Wellness Center allows the generous use of its space and in return club leaders joyously clean the movement center after each laughter session.

The Hawthorne Laughter Club meets every Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Hawthorne Wellness Center Movement Studio, 3942 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR. The club will even meet this coming Sunday, December 25th, Christmas Day. All are welcome, whether you come once or every time! Some members come alone, some in pairs and some with their entire family. But, they all enjoy the many health benefits of Laughter Yoga. The laughter club is free, but donations are gladly accepted.