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Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole

Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Apr. 5

Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Wednesday, April 5 at 7p.m.  In “You’ll Understand When You’re Older”, she will share stories from our childhoods–both traditional and unfamiliar – to see what we take away from these “simple” tales all these years later.  Children’s stories aren’t just for children!

Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas, and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance. She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  She appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.

The event will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) (Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or email hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.)

 

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Publishing Your Chapbook

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop “Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays” on April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

We are currently enjoying a small press renaissance, with countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision.

Join award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, “Publishing your Chapbook” will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

John Sibley Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and Marketing Director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, John has an MA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40

Register online by using the Add to Cart button below.

Mary C. Myers, Med, BCC, to Speak

Art of Aging/of Dying series
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 3 to 5pm.

Legacy writing is the invitation and the opportunity to reflect on your stories and the meaning they convey, to write from your heart about what truly matters in your life. These are the treasures you pass on to future generations, your beliefs, wisdom and blessings.

An ethical will is a document written to communicate values and wisdom, history, stories, and love from one generation to another. It preserves who you are and what matters most to you. It’s a way for you to be remembered.

“I am passionate about legacy writing and creating ethical wills because I have seen the gift it is to writers as well as their loved ones, whether shared in the midst of life or at the end. We are story telling/story catcher people who make sense of our lives and our place in the world through story and through story we are able to share our deeper selves, our souls.”

— Mary C. Myers

Mary C. Myers served over forty years in ministry, including twenty-three years as a Board Certified Chaplain in acute care, hospice and outreach to the marginalized. Personal story has been the constant at the heart of her ministry. She is a Certified Legacy Writing Facilitator.

Join us to explore legacy writing and learn more about creating your own legacy letters and ethical will. Admission for the Hoffman Center is $5.

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Tela Skinner, telaskinner@gmail.com

The Lasses and Kathryn Claire

April 9th, 2017 | 7pm | $12
Hoffman Center for the Arts, Manzanita, OR
Portland Oregon based musician, Kathryn Claire, met Margot Merah and Sophie Janna (Amsterdam based folk-duo, The Lasses) at a singing session in Amsterdam in 2013. Sharing a love for harmony singing and story-telling through music, they soon realized that together they could deliver both heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs with equal measures of joy and musicality. After playing several concerts together in The Netherlands and Germany in 2014, Kathryn offered to help bring The Lasses to the Pacific Northwest for their first US tour in the Spring of 2015.  It was a huge success and the three realized they had begun not only a strong musical collaboration, but also a network of touring between the US and Europe.  The following fall The Lasses booked a tour of concerts in churches and folk venues across The Netherlands.  
By 2016, the Pacific Northwest tour and the European tour had established fans not only for the co-bill of The Lasses and Kathryn Claire but for the music they created as a trio.  After being asked frequently when they were going to make an album together, they decided to finish their European tour in 2016 with a sold out live album recording at De Parel van Zuilen” in Utrecht.  The result is a deeply personal and heartfelt album featuring original and traditional songs.  The album highlights each woman’s unique style of songwriting and singing while weaving in the trio’s highly acclaimed three part harmonies and engaging performances on guitar, fiddle and bohdran.  They are thrilled to be releasing this new album during their Pacific Northwest tour this spring.  Expect an evening of stories, songs and harmonies straight from the heart. 
 
Come see them and hear them in the intimate living room setting of Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Clay Studio Artists’ Pieces For Sale in Local Retailers

You can now find work by several potters from the Clay Studio in local retailers.

Barry Calvarese sells his tea cups and Buddhas at Manzanita News and Espresso, Mother Nature’s, and The Roost in Wheeler.

Mary Roberts sells her mugs and other pottery at various studio fund raisers. More recently she collaborated with the owners of Finnesterre to develop an exclusive “Manzanita Mug” in two sizes with rustic typeface and layers of glaze mimicking beach, sea, and sunset to remind people of the coast.

“Finnesterre owners Terri, Fred, and Matt have all been fabulous to work with,” said Mary.  “When I approached them, they were immediately interested. They wanted to do something to support the Hoffman Center for the Arts and working together we were also able to address a frequent customer request for a unique hand made Manzanita memento.”

100% of the net proceeds go to benefit the Hoffman Clay Studio.

Film Series Presents “Redwood Highway” March 24

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the acclaimed 2013 independent feature “Redwood Highway” Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The film tells the story of a woman living unhappily in a retirement community who decides to walk 80 miles to the coast of Oregon. She wants to see the ocean for the first time in 45 years and attend her granddaughter’s wedding as an unexpected guest.

Written and directed by Gary Lundberg, “Redwood Highway” stars two-time Academy Award nominee Shirley Knight and Emmy winner Tom Skerritt. The 90-minute film was shot in southern Oregon and along the south coast near Brookings.

The Hoffman Center screened another Lundgren film “Black Road” last September.

A trailer for the “Redwood Highway” can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_CVEbox95g

Altered Reality: Textures and Colors

CLASS IS FULL
Friday, April 7, 10-2:30
Lunch break 12-12:30
(Bring your own brown bag)
Instructor: Mark CavatortaMark Cavatorta, who has taught ceramics for more than 20 years, will be our guest instructor for this unique workshop. He will guide you to transform textures and alter clays colors to create a colorful, dynamic work of art.  At the end of the 4 hour workshop you will have a vessel of your own and lots of experience using these new techniques.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop for experienced potters only.

Cost is $40 which covers clay, mason stains, glazesoxides, firing, and use of tools. Follow-up work in the clay studio is $2 per hour.

Space is limited to 12

Sign up using the Add to Cart button below or by mailing your check for “Altered Reality” to Hoffman Center for the Arts, PO Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130.

Questions? Contact us at:  hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Art of Dying Conversation Presents Holly Pruett on Mar 28

Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant, Home Funeral Guide, and conversation leader will speak at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Oregon Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 from 3-5pm. Holly will focus on Green Burials.  Admission for the Hoffman Center is $5 along with a requested honorarium of $5 for Holly.

Holly will discuss Natural (Green) Burials to explore how our deaths can reflect the environmental values we at our beautiful coast strive to practice in our daily lives. We love our coastal lands—our trees and our water and are in an inquiry as to how to die as naturally as we wish to live. This will be an early coastal celebration of Earth Day.

When asked why natural burial is becoming a rich topic for consideration, the River View Cemetery in Portland, where natural burial and funeral options are available, notes:

“There are several reasons: the desire to have a simpler, environmentally-friendly burial; and the desire to return to the earth as quickly as possible, without unnatural barriers such as embalming, sealed metal caskets, or steel-reinforced concrete burial vaults.”

Holly, an interfaith minister, is a much sought-after consultant and Life-Cycle Celebrant who brings people together to help prepare for, live with, and talk about death.  A facilitator with Oregon Humanities’ Talking About Dying program, she led the successful 500 person Death: OK, Let’s Talk About It conference in Portland in 2015. Since early 2013 she has served as principal organizer of PDX Death Café, the largest across 30+ countries. She founded the Death Talk Project to foster useful honest conversation about how we die, how we mourn, and how we care for and remember our dead.

With a Master’s degree from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, Holly is in her 4th year of study with Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, author of Die Wise; A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, at his Orphan Wisdom School in Canada. She is certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying & Bereavement by the Association for Death Education & Counseling.

  “At the heart of it and with all the stellar credentials, Holly is one of the most capable, personable, and sweetest women I know. She is truly called to this work and we are pleased to welcome her to our coastal home.”

— Claudia Johnson, M.A., Ecumenical Minister and Memorial Officiant

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Claudia Johnson, claudiaejohnson@gmail.com.

Workshop: Writing the Food Memoir on October 21

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a writing workshop at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.  Sweet and Salty: Writing the Food Memoir led by Diana Abu-Jaber will be held on Saturday, October 21st, from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

Tell me what you eat, said Brillat-Savarin, and I shall tell you what you are. Lives are filled with stories and plots but none is juicier than the one told with food. Culinary memoirs are wildly popular, taking readers beyond memory into the senses—especially the deep pleasures of the appetite.  Food sharpens the focus, introduces universal themes, and endows writing with imaginative, emotional, and physical layers of complexity.

This workshop will look at ways to write life stories by peering through the culinary lens.

There will be writing prompts, exercises, discussions, and food. We’ll be tasting and thinking and comparing notes, considering all the ways that our connections to eating gives rise to remembering and inspiration. Come and see what you cook up. Bring your curiosity and your appetite, a sense of play and a sense of humor.

Tuition is $40. Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Art of Aging Presents The Practice of Health on March 14

The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents Larry Jacobson speaking on “The Practice of Health” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Tuesday March 14, 2017, from 3 to 5.  Fee for the session is $5.

In their 1995 book “The Life We Are Given; A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul,” Michael Murphy and George Leonard outlined a program called Integral Transformative Practice, based on many years of research. The goal is new pathways to health and wellbeing at any age.

“This program has been practiced for more than twenty years,” says Jacobson, “and those of us who have participated have had a universally positive experience.”

Jacobson is a long time social worker who has worked as an elder care manager for many years in Seattle. He has recently relocated to Manzanita. The March 14 session will be informational providing tools you can use on your own. Jacobson will offer a local ongoing group experience of this program in future, called “The Practice of Health,” for anyone interested.

The program includes self-designed affirmations or goals, an easily accessible stretching and exercise plan for all ages, regular meditation or quiet time, suggestions on nutrition, emotional self-awareness through a support group community, and a commitment to an ongoing practice.

“I read the book and have been doing the series of exercises, meditation and yoga for a number of months now,” says Kathie Hightower of Manzanita, “I’ve already seen enough benefits to continue the commitment to regular practice.”

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Tela Skinner, telaskinner@gmail.com.