Welcome to the Hoffman Center’s Blog!

This is where you’ll find the latest announcements for our workshops, art camps for kids, the authors presenting at the Manzanita Writers’ Series, as well as other performances in music, magic, and theater.

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Manzanita Writers Series Announces the Featured Authors for 2015

The Manzanita Writers’ Series kicks off its 7th year at 7pm on Saturday, Feb. 21.

We’re excited to share an interesting mix of authors and books. Explore different worlds from a historical novel set in a lawless frontier town to an apocalyptic world in the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse. Learn what works and what doesn’t in anti-aging, and what it’s like to ride your bike across America. Step into a darkly humorous memoir and into a stark world where evil and magic collide.

Featured authors for 2015 include: Lauren Kessler Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Antiaging, Feb. 21; Anna Keesey, Little Century, on March 21; Ariel Gore, The End of Eve: A Memoir, May 16; Brian Benson, Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America, Sept. 19; Daniel Wilson, Robogenesis, Oct. 17: and Rene Denfield, The Enchanted, November 21.

A number of the authors will also teach workshops during the day.

The admission price for the evening author events will be $7.

This year we’ve added a “suggested theme” for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write on that topic for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement. See sidebar for information on the themes.

Our annual PoetryFest on April 18 will include morning and afternoon workshops followed by readings at 3:30pm, open to the public.

That same evening we’ll host our North Coast Squid literary magazine launch party, with Open Mic readings from the Squid entries. This is the 4th edition of the Squid.

We’ll have one other special poetry event on Sunday, Sept. 13 as Judith Barrington reads from her fourth poetry collection The Conversation at 2pm.

View the full 2015 Schedule.

Hoffman Center Sets Festival of Short Films

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The Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 40th Northwest Film & Video Festival” at 7:30 pm, Friday, January 23rd.  Admission will be $5.

The collection of 10 short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its annual juried film festival.  The festival judge was Mike Plant.  Total running time will be 78 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

  • “The Roper” by Anna Sandilands and Ewan Mcnicol, Seattle – Kendrick, a young calf roper in Lafayette, Louisiana, dreams of one day making it to the rodeo national championship.
  • “Wild Bichons” by Stefan Nadelman, Portland – A surreal encounter between man and Bichon ensues in the bucolic setting of a Pacific Northwest forest.
  • “Deer Father” by Alex Brinkman, Belgrade – On a cold and lonely stretch of Montana highway, a tragic encounter of deer and man leads to a conversation revealing the paternal life of the doomed buck
  • “A Beginning, Middle and An End” by Jon Behrens, Seattle – A truck explodes into a kaleidoscope of painted, optically printed animation.
  • “Hey Vancouver, This is You on Craig’s List” by Lewis Bennett, Vancouver – Vancouver, BC residents read real Craig’s List ads.
  • “American Lawn” by Robert Sickels, Walla Walla – Some folks have very strong opinions about lawns.
  • “Split Ends” by Joanna Priestly, Portland – Abstract compositions inspired by vintage wallpaper and wrapping paper stimulate a collective memory of youthful self-hypnosis and visual absorption.
  • “Cheryl’s Spin” by Kathy Witkowsky, Missoula – A mother wades through her life of domestic abuse with a resilience and cheery willingness to continue to try new things.
  • “SF Hitch” by Vanessa Renwick, Portland – Renwick reflects on a 1981 trip she took with her wolf dog to San Francisco “where even the bums were good-looking.”
  • “Nemo” by Adrienne Leverette and Rob Tyler, Portland – Fred Nemo tells his story, from the riches of his youth to the years he has spent as a dancer for the band Hazel.

Joe Wrabek to perform January 31st

WrabekkRecent UK Coventry Singer Songwriters Competition winner, Joe Wrabek will take the Hoffman Center stage on Saturday, January 31st at 7:00 pm.   

He will be joined by Two Crows Joy, which includes Jane Dunkin and Russ Hosley, playing from their new album Hope & Truth & Dare.  Admission for the concert is $7.  Refreshments will be served.

You can read more about Joe’s recent award here.

Extended Clay Studio Hours

clay-room-Kathleen-300x292The Open Clay Studio at the Hoffman Center will now be open every Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  This is in addition to being open each Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Participants can purchase clay, plus there are a number of bisque pieces available to buy and glaze as well. All experience levels are welcome and a Studio Host is available to answer questions and offer tips. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Studio fees are $2 per hour, which include glazing and firing up to the finished product. Clay is $1 per pound. For more information, contact Bruce Phillips at hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com.

Your Beach House Can ‘Ink the Squid’!

squid covers imageDo you have a beach house that you rent to visitors?  Would you like to support the next issue of the North Coast Squid?

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is launching a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com to fund the printing costs of the North Coast Squid, A Journal of Local Writing.  The magazine’s mission is to give voice to local writers and artists, as well as those who have strong ties to the north Oregon coast.

In the past, we’ve funded the project in part with grants and sponsorships from local businesses and individuals. For this issue, we would like to try something new.

To prepare for the campaign we’re collecting “perks” to offer contributors.  For example, at the $25 level, each donor will receive the magazine and have their name printed on the donor page.  At a $100 donors will receive the magazine, recognition and a year’s pass to all six Manzanita Writers’ Series events.

For writers, we have levels to get a tour of Portland publisher Tin House and lunch with one of the editors or an online writing class with New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Lauck.

We would like to add a beach weekend to our list of perks.  Do you have a home here at the coast that you already rent to visitors?  Would you be willing to donate a weekend’s lodging?

Your donation would make a huge impact as weekends away are among the most popular items in fundraising campaigns. Please contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net or leave a message at 503.368.3846. The campaign will launch February 3, 2015, so please let us know by January 30th. Dates for the beach weekend would be arranged between the home owner and the donor once the campaign ends.

Hoffman Center to Host Film Premier

The Hoffman Center will host the premier of Episode 2 of Arch Cape Studio’s “Culpa” Friday, January 9 at 7 p.m.

Episode 2 tells the story of Mona and Edgar. Although Edgar died, he decided to hang around in a comfortable corner — until he was stolen. Ronny Glasswell, a private investigator with his own bag of skeletons, and his paralegal Jen confront Edgar’s dysfunctional family, a hammer-wielding junkie and a retired, psycho cop bent on revenge.

Based in Nehalem, Arch Cape Studios was founded in 2013 by Drew Reid to tell original stories with local casts and crews — all set on the Oregon coast.

The Hoffman Center screening will be followed by a showing of Episode 1 “The Pilot.” Episode 2 will premier at KALA in Astoria, Saturday, January 17, at 7 p.m.



Wheel Throwing Class to be held in January

Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 6.08.46 PMThe Hoffman Center Clay Studio in Manzanita will present another Wheel Throwing workshop Friday, January 23 2015, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. J S Hauer will lead the class.

This workshop will cover basic clay art and throwing principles and the studio’s throwing equipment along with plenty of hands-on practice time.

The cost is $30 which includes two pounds of clay and three hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed. The fee also includes kiln firing and glazing. The cost for follow-up work time at the studio is $2 per hour.

Space is limited, so sign up by delivering payment to the Studio, located at the corner of Laneda and Division Streets in Manzanita. Studio hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 4; Saturdays 10 – 2.

Questions? Contact us at: hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

10 Years of Bringing Arts and Culture to the Community

This year marks the tenth year of the Hoffman Center. It has been an eventful decade providing arts and culture for residents and visitors of north Tillamook County.

This year has also seen a lot of change:

  • The old house has been razed and replaced with Hoffman Gardens.
  • The Hoffman Center has been remodeled, getting closer to our vision of being a welcoming and inviting place to enjoy arts and culture.
  • We’ve expanded our board and volunteers to build both programming and participation.
  • We’ve launched a sustaining donor program to help stabilize our revenue.

Click here to read more about how the Hoffman Center has enhanced people’s lives in this article.

And, we have plans for so much more.

Along with growing our successful programs like the Manzanita Writers’ Series, the Clay Studio, concerts, and art workshops, we want to expand our reach with additional diverse programming. We are determined to let more local residents and visitors know about the Hoffman Center through targeted outreach efforts.

To do that, we need your help.

Your generous donation will help us leverage Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman’s gift to the community. Whether you choose to join others to become a sustaining donor, or give annually in any amount, your contribution will help us propel the Hoffman Center into the next decade.

 Click here to print out a form to complete and send along with your donation to:

Hoffman Center

PO Box 678

Manzanita, OR 97130

The Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Therefore, your contribution may qualify for a deduction on your taxes.

Oregonians can also earn a tax credit by matching their gift to the Hoffman Center with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust. Learn more about this valuable program by visiting culturaltrust.org.


Clay Studio Holiday Hours

   The Hoffman Center Clay Studio will remain its regular hours during most of the holiday season, with the exception of being closed December 25 and January 1st.


The Clay Studio is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and also the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Film Series Offers Double Feature Dec. 19

Ascending The Giants 6:72 Frank Moore 6-72The Manzanita Film Series will screen two documentaries by Portland-based filmmaker John Waller Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 at the Hoffman Center.

“Ascending the Giants” (2010) tells the story of Portland arborists Will Koomjian and Brian French searching for a new Oregon State Sitka Spruce champion to replace Clatsop County’s Klootchy Creek Spruce, which broke and died in a Dec. 2007 storm.

As Koomjian and French visit several giant contenders along the windswept Oregon coast, both reveal that their motives run deeper than collecting data and naming a new champion.

The film lasts 12 minutes.

“Mending the Line” (2014) documents the story of 90-year-old Frank Moore, a life-long Oregon fly fisherman and conservationist who was among the 150,000 troops who landed at Normandy, France in 1944.

Despite the war around him, he couldn’t help but notice the fishing potential of the rivers he and his fellow soldier crossed as they made their way into France.

Reflecting on his life, Moore is compelled to return to Normandy 70 years later, this time armed not with a gun but with fly rod and reel.

The film follows Moore on his arduous physical and emotional journey from home on the North Umpqua River to the battlefields of his youth.

The second film lasts 40 minutes.

Admission will be $5. Refreshments will be available.