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All are invited to attend the Lake Oswego Women's Coalition meeting Dec. 20 at The Stafford. This is the group's annual holiday meeting and will feature a performance by United by Music.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: DAVE CORRY - Members of United by Music will present holiday cheer when they sing at the Lake Oswego Womens Coalition meeting Wednesday, Dec. 20. All are invited to attend the luncheon meeting.

Lake Oswego Women's Coalition will celebrate the holiday season with a performance by United by Music Dec. 20 at The Stafford, 1200 Overlook Drive in Lake Oswego. The group turns to the power of music to bring people together.

United by Music is a performance-based program for musically talented people with development and intellectual challenges and delays. The program was created in The Netherlands in 2006 by Joris van Wijngaarden, a Netherlands health care industry executive. Entertainer Candye Kane worked with van Wijngaarden to hone the concept behind United by Music in The Netherlands.

When van Wijngaarden wished to expand the program to North America, Kane suggested he speak with nonprofit industry expert and music supporter Barbara Hammerman. He did, and the result was a methodical process of testing the concept in the U.S. and Canada and the founding of United by Music North America by Hammerman and Amanda Gresham, music festival and event producer.

Hammerman and Gresham work with a team of professional musician mentors and supporters to find the musical talents for the program, work in weekly sessions to create performance shows and play at festivals and events. There is no fee to the artists to be a part of the program. Once selected, all mentor sessions and other activities are primarily paid through donations from the public.

All are welcome to attend the luncheon meeting and enjoy the holiday music. Cost is $18 for LOWC members and $22 for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling 503-636-1281 ext. 100.

Lake Oswego Women's Coalition invites all to join the organization. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month September through May for networking, lunch and an interesting program. No committee work or other time obligation is involved. To learn more call 503-747-2573.

United by Music North America has been invited to perform in a music conversation on the Lexington, Kentucky-based WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour Dec. 11. The show is a live celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it, and airs on 515 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland. To learn more visit WoodSongs.org.

United by Music will also perform at the Special Olympics USA Games to held in Seattle in Summer 2018. Learn more at specialolympics.org.

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