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Prescott in Brief: Former 'America’s Got Talent' sensation to perform

Mandy Harvey (Courtesy)

Mandy Harvey (Courtesy)

‘America’s Got Talent’ favorite Mandy Harvey to play Prescott

Mandy Harvey is a songstress with a marvelous touch for ballads, jazz and blues, and she backs her talent with a remarkable story that began in silence and then blossomed on national television.

The former “America’s Got Talent” sensation will light up the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The performance will be captioned for the hearing impaired.

A deaf American singer-songwriter, Harvey found the spotlight in 2017 on “America’s Got Talent.” After telling the judges her history — as a promising Colorado music student who lost her hearing to a connective tissue disorder — and sharing her arduous journey to reclaim her music through instinct and hard work, Harvey brought a tearful audience to its feet and won Simon Cowell’s coveted “golden buzzer,” with a powerfully heartfelt performance of her own song, “Try.”

Harvey’s triumph gave her a national profile, and she has performed around the country.

Harvey was a Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University with dreams of becoming a choir director when she lost her residual hearing at the age of 18 to Ehlers-Donlos syndrome. She was devastated, but she discovered that her sense of timing and pitch — as well as her passion for music — were still intact. She learned American Sign Language, worked tirelessly on her music, and began playing small jazz clubs in Fort Collins, then in Denver.

Harvey has been profiled by “NBC Nightly News” and CNN’s “Great Big Story.” She is a spokesperson for No Barriers USA and the Invisible Disabilities Association, and travels the country working to heighten disability awareness, challenge stereotypes and inspire others.

Mandy will hold a 5 p.m. pre-show discussion on the day of her Prescott performance, talking to young people about facing down their fears and achieving their dreams.

Tickets for Harvey’s show start at $25, with $15 student tickets available.

For reservations or more information, please contact the YCPAC Box Office, 1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 928-776-2000 (or 877-928-4253 toll free) or visit www.ycpac.com.

Presentation to address how to prevent falls

“Balance Recovery Strategies — How to Prevent a Fall” is a free Senior Connection Speakers Bureau presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott.

Karen Russell, Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, will explain three strategies used in balance recovery and fall prevention, and demonstrate a variety of exercises that can be done at home to build strength and flexibility, and help prevent falls.

RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or 928-778-3747. For a complete schedule of upcoming presentations, visit www.SeniorConnection.us/speakersbureau.html.

Learn the art of brewing your own kombucha

DIY winter tonics will be explored in a fun, unique and timely workshop that explores the whys, how-to’s and benefits of this ancient elixir and helps save money.

The Art of Brewing Your Own Kombucha workshop includes a delicious taste-testing, starter kit ($25 value), step-by-step instructions and recipes for creating marvelous twists to your brew are included. Pre-registration and $30 required by Jan. 3 to 928-445-4565, at 219 W. Gurley St., Prescott, or online at: https://nectarapothecary.com/product/art-of-brewing-your-own-kombucha/.

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