The Kent Stage on Main Street in Kent will offer a special community event on Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. when a good old-fashioned mixed-act talent show and bake sale/art show benefiting the Kent Community TimeBank is launched.
The KCTB, with satellite hubs in Twinsburg and Ravenna--with more hubs coming in 2014, has traded more than 25,000 hours and includes nearly 600 members spanning three counties. People trade their time and talents to support one another--using a system of alternative currency. No one hour of time trading is more valued than another.
"Hard to say what the number one gift is [upon joining], but I hear many people say that they feel a real sense of belonging," said Abby Greer, KCTB executive director, when asked her thoughts on why TimeBanking is booming in NE Ohio.
"People feel less alone and a community like this is designed to support everyone. The hubs will create inter connectedness between these healthy, loving communities and further expand the assets available."
"For example, the attorney lives in Kent but the plumber lives in Twinsburg. Both are in the same system," Greer added.
This event will help the local TimeBank raise funds to continue their projects, such as a donation center now operating on Water Street in Kent where members use "time" instead of cash to acquire things like food, toiletries and household goods, just to name a few of the items offered.
"More acts are being signed up, but so far nearly 13 community music acts and even a performance from a local K-9 celebrity duo are booked," said Emi Cordill, the event's director. "It's a family friendly night out with a lot of fun things. And we here in the KCTB are trying to rebuild community, help people, and create a social network for fun, love, and support. Come see us in action!"
Ticket holders also will have the opportunity to browse an impromptu gallery of art, photography and ceramics in the Kent Stage lobby, all created by members.
"To continue our idea of building community we need to discover ways in which to raise funds," said Karen Sue Carter, coordinator for the KCTB and the Twinsburg hub. "Attending an event like supports an investment in community and offers folks a way to have an affordable evening out with the family."
Tickets for the Nov. 22 show are $8 for the general public, or $5 plus one time credit for TimeBank members. Discounted rates are offered to families with children.
Visit The Kent Stage website for tickets or go to http://kentcommunity.timebanks.org for details.
Tickets are also available at the door.
All ticket holders will automatically be registered for a raffle to win a basket of homemade goodies made by talented members of the Timebank.