FIDM Museum and Galleries - FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Story Time & Book Signing for Kids
FIDM Alumna June Durr, author of Grandma’s Amazing Arm: The Adventures of Malia Mouse, will share her true story about hope, survival, encouragement and unexpected blessings that followed her unforeseen medical crisis. Crafts and treats will follow.
Saturday, February 17 - 11am–1pm
FIDM Museum - 919 S. Grand Avenue - Los Angeles, CA 90015
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“JUNE & CARLO PONTI, JR. JOYFULLY RECONNECT OPENING NIGHT SEPT. 15, 2017
AT HIS VIRTUOSI YOUTH ORCHESTRA’S THIRD SEASON AT THE KABBAZ THEATER IN LA. AS THE SAN BERNARDINO SYMPHONY DEBS FOUNDER, JUNE PRESENTED HIM WITH A SYMBOLIC DEB ROSE AS A PERSONAL LIFETIME HONOR, FOR HIS PASSION AND CONTINUOUS FOR SUPPORT OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN.”
Last trip to San Bernardino’s Carousel Mall with Garner Holt
KIDS - END OF A LENGENDARY ERA OF GROWING UP FOR MANY OF US – GARNER’S FIRST HALLOWEEN PROECT AT AGE 12 AND MY FIRST MALL MARKETING DIRECTOR JOB IN THE I.E. – BUT THEN CAME LEFTY BLESSINGS ……. 😊 THANK YOU SUN FOR REPRINTING MICHEL NOLAN’S COMPASSIONATE ARM STORY OF
NEW LIFE WITH THIS CAROUSEL MALL OBITUARY
Book Signings and Events
CONGRATULATIONS TO GARNER HOLT/GARNER HOLT PRODUCTIONS ON YOUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATING INCREDIBLE IMAGINATION!! YOU CONTINUE TO BRING JOY TO ALL KIDS – LARGE AND SMALL INCLUDING LEFTY & ME) – WITH YOUR GOODNESS AND GREATNESS!
FIDM Career Connections
Current students meet some of FIDM’s most illustrious alumni for networking, advice - and ice cream.
LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING STUDENTS AND RECONNECTING WITH ALUMNI & FACULTY AT FIDM’S CAREER CONNECTIONS MEET AND GREET EVENT ON WEDNESDSAY, JULY 26, 8:30 A.M. AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, 919 S. GRAND AVENUE, PARKSIDE, LOS ANGELES, CA.
NOV. COMING EVENTS
BOOK SIGNING AT MAYFIELD JUNIOR SCHOOL BOOK FAIR, PASADENA, CA – DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED.
INDIE AUTHOR DAY
AT FELDHEYM CENTRAL LIBRARY
The San Bernardino Public Library is joining hundreds of libraries across North America to host an Indie Author Day event on October 8th, 2016. This event is designed to bring the local writing communities together to participate in book readings, signings, and workshops.
Authors from throughout the Inland Empire have been invited to discuss their works and sell and sign books at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library, 555 w. 6TH St. in San Bernardino on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is a good opportunity to meet local authors who represent many genres, including fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, children’s books, young adult books, local history, and mystery. Over 30 authors, poets and cartoonists have confirmed their participation including Al Ward, Beth Winokur, David Adlington, Dr. Dawn Menge, Dr. Frank Stern, Gary & Isabel Walbourne, George L. Gurney, Gina Rider, Greg McWhorter, Herb Williams, James Rhozon, John Pascal, John Weeks, June Durr, Krista Wagner, Lara Rios, Larry Burns, Madeline Gornell, Mary Ruth Hughes, Michael Palmer, Michael Raff, Mike Kennedy, Mike Walters, Nick Cataldo, Paulina Jaramillo, Phil Yeh, Richard Levesque, Robert Kirkconnell, Roberta Smith, Suzanne Saunders, T’ana Thompson, Terri Elders, Victoria Taylor, and authors from PoetrIE.
Two workshops will be held during the event: Theresa Elders will present a workshop called ‘How to Write True Stories for Anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Soul’ at 2:00 PM in the Bing Wong Auditorium. She will talk about the elements of writing a true narrative essay and how to mine your life for story ideas. Elders’ stories have been featured in over 100 books, including such series as Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Cup of Comfort, Thin Threads, and HCI Ultimate.
Larry Burns will present a workshop called ‘How to Transition From a "Regular" Career to an "Art-Based" Career’ at 3:00 PM in the Bing Wong Auditorium. The topics he will cover are:
Creating your artist's life support system, what you need and what you can cannibalize from your previous career; making financial sense of your new normal; learning to accept payment for your art...you are worth it; finding your way in social media promotion; how to get more comfortable sharing your success; and
setting goals and tracking your progress. In 2015, Larry Burns ended a decade -long administration career to focus on teaching and writing full time, and a year later had his first book contract. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches in the College of Humanities and Sciences at University of Phoenix. He is a founding member of Inlandia Institute, a non-profit literary advocacy group.
Authors from PoetrIE will be doing readings beginning at 4:00 in the Bing Wong Auditorium. PoetrIE started with a handful of writers who were interested in creating a space for other aspiring writers in this area to practice their craft. It has since grown to numerous workshops across the region, monthly reading series, and is now a nonprofit organization.
Garner Holt Productions modifies prosthetic arm for San Bernardino woman
For June Durr, life without a left arm may be challenging, but it doesn’t keep her from writing books, making motivational speaking appearances, and living an active life. On Thursday, she picked up a newly beautified and re-touched arm she fondly calls “Lefty” from animatronics guru Garner Holt.
Usually, one goes to salons for such services, but June prefers Garner Holt Productions, which specializes in making things look true to life. For three weeks, Garner and his staff of creative magicians adjusted and repainted the prosthetic arm, now known as “Lefty 2.”
“When I saw June with the original she had on, I felt really bad for her,” said Garner, president and founder of Garner Holt Productions, the San Bernardino-based designer and builder of animatronics for theme parks, museums and other venues.
“It wasn’t seemly for her to have something like that. I know insurances don’t support the more expensive models that are available, so I said if you want to come back here, maybe I can build you something better,” Garner said. “She’s a friend of the company and we were glad to do it for her, like we would any friend who had this kind of problem. Surprisingly, it changed her life. It gave her new freedom. We helped a friend,” he added. “Part of what Garner does is philanthropy because he cares about his friends and neighbors,” said Bill Butler, director of creative design. One of the Pirates of the Caribbean lurked at the end of a hallway, and a 100-pound gorilla stood at the top of the stairs. Artist Stephanie Bartlow-Hughes had repainted the prosthetic arm, which is made of proprietary silicone. She layered and textured the paint and created realistic freckles. The paint wears off in time, and has to be refreshed, Stephanie said. According to Wesley Golay, a Redlands orthotist and prosthetist, June’s new arm can lock in 11 different positions at the elbow. “The wrist rotates, too,” he said. A harness holds the natural-looking arm in place.
June, who lived in San Bernardino 54 years before moving to Glendale, reinvented her life after her cancer diagnosis and subsequent surgery in 2002.
She came out of the experience even more positive and philosophical than she was before. While recovering from surgery and learning to do things single-handedly, she was fitted with a wooden prosthetic arm with a hook.
It was when she went to interview animatronics wizard, Garner Holt for a spotlight story she was writing in News of the City that her life got a little easier.
Garner asked her to take her arm off and leave it on the conference table in his San Bernardino offices, which she did. And along with his team of magical apprentices, he fashioned her an amazing new prosthetic arm, which she named Lefty. Her current arm is Lefty 2. June still signs all her mail, “June and Lefty 2.”
She is forever grateful to the creative souls who made her life easier, she said. “When I wear my arm, I feel that good heart and all the love Garner puts into things for kids,” June said. June, with more than 35 years experience as a marketing guru for the aerospace industry, is also an award-winning professional speaker who served as assistant to former San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles.
A former fashion model who grew up in a foster home, June learned early on to be grateful for the blessings in life.
June, and her best friend, Ken, have been married 52 1/2 years and have a son and daughter, as well as two adorable granddaughters — Malia June, 13, and Violet Marie, 8. Inspired by Malia June, June decided to write a book that would help her process Grandma’s “owee.” Last October, her book for children ages 8-10 was published. “I’m a woman of faith and have seen how challenges can define you — we can make that choice,” June told me. “We can’t choose what happens but we can choose our reaction by looking at what we have and not what we don’t have.” The experience of losing her arm has reinforced in her the goodness of people and how they can come together for a cause. She’s careful not to tell children she lost her arm because then they want to help her look for it, she said. “Grandma’s Amazing Arm: The Adventures of Malia Mouse” approaches life with faith and humor — just as the author does. She loves to laugh and has a witty sense of humor. She is pleased to get 50 percent off on her manicures. Her charming book is about possibilities and choices, disabilities and dreams.
Michel Nolan appears in The Sun on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Reach her at or on Twitter @MichelNolan.
Grandma’s Amazing Arm book is now available in Redlands Community Hospital Gift Shop for local customers.
Redlands Community Hospital is where my miracle happened!
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Huntington Memorial Hospital/Pasadena
“Grandma's Amazing Arm -
The Adventures of Malia Mouse”
is now available for purchase in the exquisite Gift Shop of Huntington Memorial Hospital/Pasadena, where the REAL MALIA MOUSE was born and nurtured as a teen weenie preemie!"
San Bernardino Public Library
Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CELEBRATION OF LOCAL AUTHORS AT FELDHEYM CENTRAL LIBRARY
Authors from throughout Southern California have been invited to discuss their works and sell and sign books at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library, Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is a good opportunity to meet local authors and authors from around Southern California who represent many genres; including fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, political cartoons, children’s books, young adult books, local history, and mystery.
Over 30 authors, poets and cartoonists have confirmed their participation; includingAl Ward, Alice Hall, Beth Winokur, Beverly D. Thomas, Carol Wright, David Brown, Elizabeth Briggs, June Durr, Ernie Garcia, Fred Smith, Gary & Isabel Walbourne, Gina Rider, Herb Williams, Jeri Westerson, John Weeks, Judith Valles, Loralie Kay, Lynette Davis, Makeda Kumasi, Margaret Hill, Marilyn King, Mary Ruth Hughes, Michael Palmer, Mike Kennedy, Molly Jo Realy, Myron Portley, Nick Cataldo, Phil Yeh, Rhea Frances-Tetley, Robert Kirkconnell, Roberta Smith, T'ana Phelice, Terri Elders, and Victoria Taylor. Local non-profit group PoetrIE will have a table and will be doing readings in the Bing Wong Auditorium during the event.
For more information, contact Program Coordinator Linda Adams Yeh at 909. 381.8238 or visit www.sbpl.org or www.facebook.com/SBPLfriends
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San Bernardino Sun and Redlands Daily Facts news stories
Click the links below and read about Grandma's Amazing Arm.
NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK HIGHLIGHTS DISABILITIES AND DREAMS
Author June Durr joyfully announces the debut of her anticipated first children’s book, Grandma’s Amazing Arm-The Adventures of Malia Mouse.
As a kid have you ever wanted to just fit in your world, rather than stand out? Malia Mouse knew her Grandma June had experienced this longing to fit in as a kid growing up in difficult circumstances. But never in her wildest dreams did, tiny but mighty, Malia Mouse know she would now come to her Grandma June's rescue. It would come through an amazing adventure with people who put no limits on miracles or dreams to help her fit in AND confidently stand out.
The illustrated chapter book targets children ages 8-10 years old (grades 4-5) and is available at CreateSpace.com through www.junedurr.com, and https://brightideasbooks.mybooksandmore.com/web1/screens/homepage.jsp
As told by mice characters, Grandma's Amazing Arm is based on a true story about an unforeseen medical crisis resulting in a traumatic loss of Grandma June's left arm. Yet, even with outstanding medical treatment and healing, the tragedy takes a different course. Self-doubts creep in about her continued single-handed survival in a gloomy and future world of unknowns. However, once again, hope is restored through her adventuresome granddaughter, Malia Mouse, when she sets out to find help for her Grandma June and missing arm dilemma. Malia convinces two unlikely, but uniquely talented partners from different professional worlds, to come to the rescue and try to put Grandma June back together. The result, again, is truly amazing.
Grandma's Amazing Arm - The Adventures of Malia Mouse is an encouraging book about hope, survival and the goodness of people. It's also about opening up new possibilities and looking at things from a positive perspective - using natural talents, sense of humor and training in new and different ways never imagined. June's personal experience in the story focuses on how to good-naturedly approach, encourage and help people with disabilities. It opens new doors of opportunity, as well as hope, to inspire continuing prosthetic advancement and awareness for people with special needs under a campaign she calls "Out on a Limb."
According to Betsy Jabola of Loma Linda, a Registered Nurse, Author, Children's Ventriloquist and Storyteller, "Grandma's Amazing Arm - The Adventures of Malia Mouse gives us the powerful message we should never ever give up on anyone, especially kids of any age and especially those with special needs or disabilities. Research has proven with the right mindset and positive attitude, obstacles can be overcome beyond anyone's expectations."
Background Notes: Author June Durr is an award-winning niche marketing professional speaker and contributing writer with more than 35 years experience in the public and private sectors in California. A former fashion model who grew up in a foster home, grateful June delights in turning negatives into positives.
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BOOK SIGNING APRIL 5 , 11 AM
INLAND EMPIRE RETIRED TEACHERS ASSN.
Presbyterian Church, 1900 North D. Street, San Bernardino.
For Information contact Sue Herbert, 909-886-3444
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CHECK OUT THE NATIONAL ASSN. OF FEMALE EXECUTIVES (NAFE) MARCH ISSUE OF E –
THE MAGAZINE FOR TODAY’S FEMALE EXECUTIVE – Publisher/Editor Althea Ledford features Author June Durr’s new children’s book - Grandma’s Amazing Arm – The Adventures of Malia Mouse. issuu.com/nafelosangeles/docs/e_magazine_march_2016_issue_working
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LISTEN IN TO BLOG TALK RADIO - MONDAYS 4 PM– COMING SOON
JUNE DURR’S GUEST INTERVIEW WITH HOST ROBBIE MOTTER’S “DIVA STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS.”
For more information contact Robbie Motter, NAFE Global Coordinator at www.robbiemotter.com
DECEMBER 12, 2015
A Big Thank You to San Bernardino Symphony & Patrons
For the opportunity to share my story!
Another amazing evening of booking signing with the author, her family and the San Bernardino Symphony and their patrons.
In appreciation for their generous support, June is offering a portion of
website purchases of Grandma's Amazing Arm to support the San Bernardino Synphony Kids Program. Purchase before Dec. 19, 2015.
Huge Success, fun had by all! Thanks Barnes and Noble for the space to share a story!
DECEMBER 3, 5:30 PM
Author Meet and Greet and Storytelling
Amazing evening with the author and students from Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School - Website Purchase from Dec. 3, 2015 to the 10th will benefit the school as a portion of proceeds will benefit Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School!
For information Contact: Katie Valdes - firstname.lastname@example.org;