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From concerts to cels, attraction openings to book signings, there's a mighty busy Mouse-related week coming up

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From concerts to cels, attraction openings to book signings, there's a mighty busy Mouse-related week coming up

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Never mind March coming in like a lion. This month is really more a mouse, given all of the Disney-related events that are going to be happening all over the country in the coming week.

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Like what? Well, for starters, today through Monday, March 11th, internationally recognized artist Larry Dotson will be appearing at Epcot's Art of Disney. And if you'd like to purchase one of his paintings and/or get Larry to sign one of his canvases, Mr. Dotson will be in this Future World Shop from 10 a.m. - 12 noon and then from 3 - 5 p.m. on both days.

Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer. Copyright Disney
Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

Then on Tuesday, March 12th, the Happiest Place on Earth unveils its latest addition. Fantasy Faire (i.e. the new home of the Disney Princesses at  Disneyland Park) will officially be opening to the public at rope drop that morning. So if you'd like to be among the first to meet with a trio of princesses at Royal Hall and/or do some shopping at Fairy Tale Treasures, then you may want to drop by the Disneyland Resort later this week.

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If -- on the other hand -- you're more of a fan of the original version of Disneyland, then you probably want to swing on by the Hollywood Heritage Museum on Wednesday, March 13th. Where -- starting at 7:30 p.m. -- they'll be holding an event to honor one of Walt's favorite Imagineers, Bob Gurr. Mr. Gurr will be sharing stories about the work that he did on this theme park (to be specific, his efforts on the Autopia and the Monorail) as well as signing copies of his new book, "Design : Just for Fun " (Ape Pen Publishing, July 2012).

Mind you, if you're one of those folks who just can't 'til this weekend to begin celebrating St. Patrick's Day ... Well, then I am pleased to report that Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant will be kicking off its festivities early this year. Starting on Thursday, March 14th, this Downtown Disney favorite will be home to Orlando's largest, longest and most authentic St. Paddy's Day event. There'll be live Irish music by top bands as well as dancers performing on multiple stages. And did I mention the awesome selection of beers as well as the authentic Irish cuisine that they're be serving up starting at 6 p.m. on March 14 & 15 and at 12 noon on March 16 & 17?

Terri (in the white apron) showing off her considerable pumpkin carving skills during
an interview with the news team at Los Angeles' NC affiliate, Channel 4

And now a personal request: Former Imagineer and longtime friend-to-JHM Terri Hardin Jackson has spent the past year or so working on her memoirs, a sure-to-be-fun read tentatively titled "Little Zebra." If you'd like to get an advance peek at Terri's book, she's posted an excerpt over the Backspace Writers Conference Scholarship Contest page (Ms. Hardin Jackson's story is 74th on the list). And after you read this excerpt, if you could please vote for "Little Zebra" in the "This Manuscript  HAS TO Become A Book" contest ... That will then help Terri's memoir in front of some publishing professionals.

Ms. Hardin Jackson and her artfully stitched-together
friend, Stitch

All I ask is that you please don't dawdle. Given that (you guessed it) the deadline for the Backspace Writers Conference Scholarship Contest is Friday, March 15th.

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Zipping back to the Disney Parks now: On Saturday, March 16th, the Studio Animation Galley at Disney's Hollywood Studios will holding a cel release & artist signing. The latest in Walt Disney World's series of exclusive hand-painted Cel series, "Waltz in the Park" shows Mickey & Minnie dressed as the Beast and Belle in front of that popular new New Fantasyland eatery, the "Be Our Guest" restaurant.

Just so you know, folks: This is a limited-edition piece created by the Studio Ink and Paint Artists. Only a thousand of these hand-painted beauties were ever produced. And when they're gone, they're gone.

An exclusively designed pin is available with the first
750 orders placed for a framed cel only

FYI: If you'd like to have your hand-painted "Waltz in the Park" cel signed by the artists who help create it, the team from Studio Ink & Paint will be on hand at DHS's Studios Animation Gallery on Saturday, March 16th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again from 2 - 5 p.m.

Chubby Checker onstage at the American Garden Theatre at
the 2012 edition of Epcot's International Flower & Garden
Festival. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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Which then brings us to Sunday, March 17th. And if you'd like to add a little twist to next weekend's entertainment line-up, might I suggest that you drop by Epcot's American Gardens Theatre in the late afternoon? Where -- as part of the Flower Power Concert series (which is presented each Spring at this theme park as part of the International Flower & Garden Festival) -- Chubby Checker & the Wildcats will be live onstage at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.

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Oh, and if you're one of those people who grouses about how Disney-related events are only ever held in and around Anaheim, Burbank, Hollywood, New York City and Orlando  ... Just be aware that the weekend after next, D23 is journeying to Boston, MA. to present one of its hugely popular Fanniversary events. Tickets are still available for these two presentations (which will be held on Sunday, March 24th at 2 & 5 p.m. at Boston Theatre 1. Which is located inside of the Revere Hotel at 200 Stuart Street).

Speaking of these D23 presentations, come back to JHM tomorrow and I'll tell you how the Official Disney Club actually puts together each of these Fanniversary events.

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