Saturday, March 10, 2012

Art In The Garden Fundraiser

Get your tickets here for Art in the Garden and show your support for essential tremor research initiatives.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
1:00-5:00 p.m.

Marin Art and Garden Center
Livermore Pavilion
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Ross, CA 94957

Accomplished Sacramento-based watercolor artist and ET patient Fred Ekman has donated works from his collection for a silent auction and fundraiser to support essential tremor research.
Tickets: $100/guest. $80 is tax-deductible.
Get your tickets by registering online (above) or call the IETF toll free at 888.387.3667.

About the Artist

“Many years ago I felt it necessary to paint exactly on paper or canvas what I saw. Reporting accurately, that which existed in my line of sight, was critical to my success as a painter. Now, after years of studying under master teachers, I look for shapes in the landscape. I look for value differences and color temperatures in every scene,” says Fred Ekman.
About the Event

  • Peruse a variety of landscape paintings donated by Fred. Take time to speak to the him about his breathtaking work and learn about his struggles and triumphs living with essential tremor. Numerous paintings, in a variety of sizes and prices, will be available.
  • You can also bid on a Debbie Brooks designer handbag or a lovely piece of hand-crafted jewelry.
  • Enjoy the best Chardonnay and Cabernet that has ever touched your lips, generously donated by Cakebread Cellars. And as our gift to you to help you remember this special occasion, each guest will be presented with a stunning hand-painted specialty wine glass.
  • Tempt your palate with a delectable assortment of hor d’oeuvres, from mini tea sandwiches to swiss cheese souffle.
  • Then finish the afternoon off with a stroll through beautiful gardens as the sound of a harp refreshes your body and spirit.

Event proceeds support essential tremor research initiatives and education programs.

In-Kind Donations
Janis and Harvey Eisman
Southfield Gold & Diamonds
Flint, Michigan
Debbie Brooks Designed Handbag
Retail Value of $215

Betty Schwarz and the Jewels of Katy ET Support Group
Katy, Texas
Six sets of jewelry with a retail value of $225

Jack, Dolores, and Dennis Cakebread
Cakebread Cellars
Rutherford, California
12 750 ml bottles of 2010 Chardonnay, Napa Valley
12 750 ml bottles of 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail value of $1,060

Carol Rucker
Overland Park, KS
4-piece set of artistic hand crafted wine glasses
Retail value of $60

More about Fred Ekman:

Watercolor Artist with ET, Fred Ekman, Profiled in Style Magazine, February 2012

(Click image to pull up image with full article.) To learn more about Fred Ekman's artwork, please visit

Friday, March 2, 2012

Essential Tremor Awareness Month

Everyone March is our 2nd Annual Essential Tremor Awareness Month if you are not familiar with this dibilating disease please check out the information provided by International Essential Tremor.
What is Essential Tremor?

Also known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, essential tremor (ET) is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. It is often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. Because of stereotypes and a lack of awareness, many people with ET never seek medical care though most would benefit from treatment.

To learn more about ET, visit the links on the left for Facts about ET, coping tips, assistive technology, medications, and surgical treatments. The IETF addresses frequently asked questions. You can also request an information packet about ET.

Essential Tremor vs. Parkinson's Disease: How Do They Differ?
Members of the IETF Medical Advisory Board created a simple reference guide that lists basic distinctions between ET and PD signs and symptoms.

There are many of us with ET that cope well enough to be very productive. On the IETF website under the heading ET Stories you will find several stories of creative people with ET. Also on Facebook International Essential Tremor Foundation has a wonder page for conversation with others that have ET and makes for a great online support group.

Please join us in our effort to spread the word about Essential Tremor.

Elizabeth Guthrie