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Harvest Revelry
Days of Wine, Pears, and Books

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“Autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together, a time of sowing.” Edwin Way Teale


I grew up in the vineyards of Napa County where the fall grape harvest  signaled the joyous culmination of a long, arduous year of farming. When my Dad cleaned the tanks after all the grapes had been delivered to the wineries, we filled the bins with water and swam in the pink water smelling of fermentation.  How we loved those days of autumn.


If you live or will be in the San Francisco Bay Area this Saturday, September 22, Be the Star You Are! ® invites you to our booth at the Pear and Wine Festival held at the Moraga Commons Park in Moraga from 11-3pm PT.  This is our 20th anniversary! Although we won’t have grape tanks for you to swim in, we will have many free activities for children and adults, including a reading circle, face painting, crafts, and we will create a Nature Art Altar. Contributors to the latest book in our trilogy, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, will be on hand to autograph books and BTSYA volunteers will also be collecting funds for OPERATION DISASTER RELIEF so that we can ship books to both California Fire and Hurricane Florence survivors. With every book you buy, you will get another FREE book and an additional book will be donated to OPERATION DISASTER RELIEF. Enjoy local wines, music, food, crafts, and tons of family fun at this harvest festival…no bathing suit required!


Lots more in this September Remember newsletter, so please read on.


Autumn is a time of harvest, of being grateful and also a time to sow positivity. Join our mission to encourage and empower.



Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556




Saturday, September 22 from 11-3pme

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Bring the family and visit us at the Be the Star You Are!® booth at the Pear and Wine Festival where BTSYA volunteers will feature fun and inspiring activities for kids including a reading circle, mask making, and face painting. Buy a book, get a book free plus a book will be donated to OPERATION DISASTER RELIEF. Get personalized autographs of our newest books from author Cynthia Brian and contributors.


Thanks to the Lamorinda Weekly Newspaper for once again sponsoring our booth at the Pear and Wine Festival.

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California Fires and East Coast Hurricanes, Be the Star You Are!® offers hope.


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Books are extremely appreciated by victims of disasters. Books, especially the ones we donate that always carry positive messages, allow these individuals to immerse themselves in another world–one where they can escape the horrific events that have just transpired. Volunteers at BTSYA believe that books are a little-known but much-needed, much desired, and much-treasured resource for victims. We desperately need you to help us help those in distress by donating funds to procure books and the shipping fees. Open your hearts and donate today! Sow generosity. Harvest hope.

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:

or send a check to:

Be the Star you Are! ®

Disaster Relief

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556.  

“Forget everything else and

remember your humanity.” ~ Albert Einstein

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In Memoriam: Alex Pawlakos

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We are saddened by the unexpected death on July 27, 2018 of our 25 year-old volunteer Alex Pawlakos who died peacefully of a heart related issue. Alex began volunteering with Be the Star You Are!® in 2008 as a teen researcher.  He then co-wrote the App Rap with his brother for Teen Scene and became a reporter on Express Yourself!™ Radio with his segments, Economic Tune Up and Health Literacy.. He received his BA in Economics from CAL Berkeley.  At the time of his death, he resided in Scottsdale, Arizona and was following his passion in science as a new Chemistry teacher at Saguaro High School while simultaneously enrolled in the master’s degree program at Arizona State University. He was an avid fisherman, a gourmet cook, bowling enthusiast, and relaxed playing video games. He especially enjoyed spending time with his brothers, Eric and Jack, (also volunteers and radio personalities on Express Yourself!) laughing and watching comedy shows, and was extremely fond of his scrappy dog Scotty. He was engaged to be married in 2019. Our thoughts and condolences extend to the Pawlakos family. The world will be dimmer without his upbeat, positive light, Rest in peace, Alex.
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Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World

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Book 3 in the Be the Star You Are!® Series


In this eye-opening third installment in the Be the Star You Are!® series, Be the Star You Are!Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, you will discover 55 true stories about life’s greatest gifts as told by 31 incredible individuals. Each chapter ends with an inspirational quote and a simple and fun exercise to help you embrace your inner star qualities and live fuller. ISBN# ISBN:9761947637917

Only $15,95 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3. First editions of all three books available only at

Ebooks available at Amazon

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Be the Star You Are!® chairperson of Operation Disaster Relief, host of Express Yourself! Teen Radio, and contributor of two chapters to the new book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, was interviewed on Central Valley TV. As a high school senior, Joven is very involved in making a positive difference in his community and in our country. Composed, articulate, and passionate, Joven shared information about Be the Star You Are!® non profit, now in its 20th year of charitable service and about the important outreach programs including the radio broadcasts and the new book. Make sure to watch the video on YouTube:

For information about Be the Star You Are!®, go to and

Catch Joven on the radio at


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Become a volunteer and receive a welcome gift of a book or a shirt! Find out more!



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Reading Tub logo 2When you are seeking great books for your child or teen, check out the book reviews penned by our STAR book reviewers available at our literacy partner charity The Reading Tub and also at 

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When you are looking for upbeat, positive, informative, and entertaining talk radio, tune in to StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® LIVE Wednesdays 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network Empowerment Channel.

Tune in to our young adult broadcast on Tuesdays at NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. 

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