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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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Beatles on Laneda, an evening of The Beatles music, at 7pm on Saturday, May 3

Beatles on Laneda image (2)Do you remember where you were fifty years ago when The Beatles first sang on the Ed Sullivan Show? Too young for that? Either way, don’t miss Beatles on Laneda, an evening of Beatles music, May 3rd, 7:00 PM at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

“Several friends, 55 and older, watched the Grammy’s fifty-year salute to the Beatles together. No matter where in the country we’d grown up, we had memories of this historical musical event in common,” recalls event organizer Tela Skinner.

“We decided we could do our own Beatles salute, here in Manzanita. John Freethy created a flyer with The Beatles crossing Laneda similar to the Abbey Road album cover. Voila! The name ‘Beatles on Laneda’ was born.”

Hoffman Center Talent Show musicians Fred and Friends, Frank and The Ferrets, and The Sedona Fire Band will perform their versions of Beatles songs including: All My Loving, Here Comes the Sun, Don’t Pass Me By, Blackbird, Act Naturally and others.

Singer-songwriter George Hoag, a musician since age 14, will be new to the Hoffman Center stage, playing acoustic guitar.

“Like most young people from 1964 to 1970, the music of the Beatles carried an instant and deep interior resonance with my inner being,” says Gary Seelig, emcee for the concert.

George Martin, the Beatles producer, noted that when the four Beatles came together they seemed to enter another dimension to become a vehicle for whatever higher force is out there.

John Lennon described this phenomenon as being a channel for “the music of the spheres, the music that passes all understanding.” Though most of that generation had no idea of what this resonance was, people immediately felt it, loved the music then and still enjoy it today.

If you were alive in 1964, please bring a photo of yourself from that era. We’d like to see the sweet young thing you were back when the Beatles first came to America. Many of us who live in this community only got to know one another as we’ve gotten older.

Too young to have experienced that historic event but enjoy Beatles music? Wear a tag that says, “A mere little glimmer in Mom and Dad’s  eyes.”

Come early and join in the celebration. Your $10 admission will support the Hoffman Center’s Capital Campaign to “Finish Off the Hoff” to make it a more attractive and comfortable building for all types of artistic events. The Hoffman Center is located at 594 Laneda, Manzanita.

For more information contact Tela Skinner at mactela@nehalemtel.net.

Karen Karbo to Read on Friday, May 2nd

Karen Karbo BW4 (1) close cropKaren Karbo will read from her book Julia Child Rules at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita at 7pm on Friday, May 2, 2014. Karbo was originally scheduled Saturday, February 15, but that event had to be rescheduled due to weather and road conditions. Please note it’s Friday rather than the normal Saturday event schedule.

Many of us have dog-eared copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in our kitchens or fondly remember watching episodes of The French Chef, but what was behind the enormous appeal of this ungainly, unlikely woman, who became a superstar in midlife and changed our approach to food and cooking forever?

With her characteristic wit and flair, Karen Karbo takes us for a spin through Julia’s life: including her years working for the OSS in Sri Lanka; her world class love affairs with Paris and Paul Child; and her decades as America’s beloved French chef. Karbo highlights important life lessons along the way: how to live by your whims, make the world your oyster, enjoy a life of full immersion.

According to Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, “…Karen Karbo has written that rare bird of a book: one that manages on every page to be as enlightening as it is entertaining, as smart as it is funny.”

Karbo’s 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was an NYT Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction.

She is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, including How Georgia Became O’Keeffe and How to Hepburn. The Gospel According to Coco Chanel became an international bestseller.

Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in numerous national magazines and she’s penned three books in the Minerva Clark mystery series for children.

She is the co-author, with Gabrielle Reece, of Big Girl in the Middle, and the New York Times bestselling, My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less than Perfect Life.

Karen grew up in Los Angeles, California and lives in Portland, Oregon where she continues to kick ass.

Following Karbo’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. In honor of tonite’s featured book, we suggest a theme of “Kitchen Stories” or “My First Cooking Experience.”

Admission for the evening is $5.


Teachers Needed for Summer Art Camps

KAC image 72The Hoffman Center is seeking teachers for its 2014 Summer Art Camps for kids, set for the week of Aug. 4-8. The classes provide children ages 6-17 an opportunity to sample a range of artistic mediums.

The Center plans to offer four classes this year — two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Prospective teachers are asked to send in proposals for classes. Visual, performing and written arts will all be considered.

Teachers will be paid an hourly rate for class time and preparation. Proposals must be received no later than Saturday, May 3 for consideration.

More info at:http://hoffmanblog.org/http:/hoffmanblog.org/teachers-needed-for-summer-art-camps

Let’s Finish Off the Hoff!

East Wall 6:75Entering its tenth year supporting the arts, culture and education, the Hoffman Center in Manzanita is kicking off a capital fundraising campaign to complete needed improvements to its main building.

Myrtle Hoffman died in April 2004, launching through her and her late husband Lloyd’s family trust what would become the Hoffman Center – a place for locals and visitors of all ages to explore, create and connect through the arts.

Two large public meetings held in late 2004 solicited what the community wanted in an art center. Recognizing the Hoffmans’ house could accommodate few of those desires, the board of directors made an important decision. They purchased the former Treasure Cave building across the street in late 2006 to provide space for a wide range of programs to be developed. The Hoffmans’ house would be reserved for artist studios.

Architectural designs were obtained for replacing the building with something modern and striking. The project would have cost about $500,000. The board felt those funds could not be raised at the time, so they opted to refurbish the building as it was on a more limited budget.

“Three years ago, we began turning the original mini-storage and later gift store into a more usable, flexible, and comfortable place,” said Center president Dave Dillon. “We made certain things significantly better, but now is the time to complete the transformation. It’s time to finish off the Hoff.”

Starting in early 2011, the center room posts were removed, improving visibility. The clay studio was expanded and a window was installed. The Manzanita branch mural was mounted as an exterior wall. Two large windows were installed in the gallery room. The Laneda Ave. entrance awning was replaced. The gallery room and foyer were sheet-rocked and painted. Emergency and exterior lighting systems were upgraded, and storage space and access were improved.

“All this was done on a budget of about $26,000,” said Dillon. “Those funds were donated by local individuals and families, and stretched by the generosity of our local hardware stores and contractors.”

In 2012, the Center raised enough funds through its “Heat the Hoff” campaign to replace the old, inefficient and noisy heating and air conditioning system with a modern, efficient and quiet heat pump.

“There are still problems with the building. It lets out too much heat and lets in too much water,” said Dillon. “The old carpeting also needs to be replaced, so the whole place will be more inviting and comfortable.”

The Hoffman Center board has listed six projects that need to be completed at a total cost of about $36,100. “We’ve already received a very generous targeted donation of $12,500 from a local family for the projects,” said Dillon. “So that’s a great start, but we need to raise more to get the work done this year.”

The six projects are:

1.       East Wall: Replace the east wall. Install a full light commercial style door, two horizontal windows, exterior cedar shingle siding and insulation. Sheetrock and texture finish the interior. Estimate $13,900

2.       Center Room Electrical Upgrades: Install 10 new electrical receptacles, including added wiring, around the center room. Estimate: $2,400

3.       Center Room North/South Walls: Sheetrock and texture finish the center room north and south walls. Estimate: $2,700

4.       Ceiling: Insulate the ceiling, enclose with dark material, and paint trusses to match. Estimate: $3,300

5.       West Wall of Center Room: Remove interior surface of the west wall of the center room, treat, insulate and sheetrock. Retain exterior metal siding. Estimate: $3,800

6.       Flooring: Install approximately 220 square yards of commercial grade carpeting and other flooring. Estimate: $10,000

In addition to previous financial supporters, the Center hopes to attract new donors for the campaign. “We will be appealing to everybody who helped in the past, and to others we know have participated in Hoffman Center activities,” said Dillon. “It’s everybody’s building.”

“The Hoffman Center remains an important part of the culture of north Tillamook County, and we appreciate those who have helped make it grow over the past 10 years,” he added.

“We think Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman would be pleased with what their memorial gift to the community has provided.”

Contributions to the Hoffman Center Capital Improvement Fund can be made by check, credit card, or transfer of appreciated stock. Contact the Hoffman Center at 503-368-3846; PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130; or hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

The Hoffman Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

Mask Making Workshop set for April 25th

antler mask 2 (2)There will be a mask making workshop on Friday, April 25th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hoffman Center Clay Studio. Tuition is $30 which covers all materials, glazing and two firings. The instructor is local artist, Kathleen Ryan.  The class is limited to four students, so that everyone gets lots of attention.

Contact Kathleen Ryan directly at 503-368-5584 or kryan@nehalemtel.net with questions or to register.

Artists are encouraged to continue working the pieces during open studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 4PM and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10AM to 2PM.  The fee is $2 per hour, and a host is always on duty to instruct if you have questions.

Photo: This mask is made to attach to deer antlers, using silver wire and embellished with an animal fetish.

Brían Ó hAirt and Len Graham-”In Two Minds” in April 18th

in two minds picJoin us on Friday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. for an enchanting evening of Irish music, song and dance at the Hoffman Center.

Presented by The Portland Céilí Society, ‘In Two Minds’ is a collaboration that captures the magic of Irish traditional singing in the “raw bar.”

Len Graham is one of Ireland’s best-known singers, having gained an international reputation for his inimitable singing style. Brían Ó hAirt, an American-born singer, continues to gather repute for his ability to share the collective mind of an older generation of singers. Through many seasons of collaboration, the two have distilled the best of these traditions into a performance that weaves stories, songs, tunes and dance into “the one tradition.”

Sliding donation of $15 to $20.

Todd Miller to Read on Thursday, April 17th

ToddMillerHiResTodd Miller will read from his book Border Patrol Nation:  Dispatches from the Frontline of Homeland Security at the Hoffman Center at 7pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014.  Please note that the event is on Thursday evening, rather than on the usual third Saturday of the month.

Border Patrol Nation shows in stark relief how the entire country has become a militarized border zone, including cities that don’t immediately come to mind like Ft Lauderdale and Miami, FL, Buffalo, Rochester, and Niagara Falls, NY, Detroit and Port Huron, MI, Hilton Head, SC, Derby Line, VT, among many others.

In fast-paced prose, Miller sounds an alarm as he chronicles the changing landscape, speaking with the people most involved, from border patrol agents to government contractors to vulnerable immigrant communities. He combines these firsthand encounters with careful research to expose a vast and booming industry for military grade weapons, high-end surveillance technology, and prisons. While politicians and corporations reap substantial profits, the experiences of millions of men, women, and children point to staggering humanitarian consequences that can no longer be ignored.

 “In Border Patrol Nation, Todd Miller exposes the underpinnings of this ever-expanding surveillance state —military contractors that rake in fat profits and bloated government agencies that keep extending their tentacles while the core of our neighborhoods withers from neglect. Miller reveals the humanity of both the victims and the victimizers, and the inhumanity of the system. A fantastic book.”—Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

Following Miller’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work.

Admission for the evening is $5.

The Writers’ Series Reading Group will meet the Tuesday prior to Todd’s reading, April 15th, 6:30 pm at the Manzanita Library. Everyone is invited to bring a friend to both events.

Film Series Presents Fitzcarraldo on March 22

fitzcarraldoThe Manzanita Film Series will present the 1982 cult classic “Fitzcarraldo” Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hoffman Center.

Written and directed by Werner Herzog, the film stars Klaus Kinski and Claudia Cardinale.

“Fitzcarraldo” tells the story of an obsessed impresario whose foremost desire in life is to bring both Enrico Caruso and an opera house to the deepest jungles of South America.

The highlight of the story is Fizcarraldo’s Herculean effort to haul a 300-plus ton steamship over the mountains.

The film lasts 158 minutes, and admission will be $5. Refreshments will be available.

PoetryFest Set for Saturday, April 19th

poetryfest collage 2014The Manzanita Writers’ Series will once again hold PoetryFest, a day-long event dedicated to the joys of poetry, on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

There will be two workshops led by noted poets Lisa Steinman and John Sibley Williams.

Join Lisa Steinman from 10 a.m. to noon for a workshop to generate new writing. Discover ways to make poems out of ordinary images, memories, or sounds. Take part in two guided exercises aimed at making extraordinary poems out of ordinary things.

Ms. Steinman has taught at Reed College in Portland, Oregon since 1976.  Since 1983, she and her husband, Jim Shugrue, have edited the poetry magazine HubbubAbsence & Presence is her ninth book.  Earlier poetry books include Lost Poems, All That Comes to Light, A Book of Other Days, and Carslaw’s Sequences.  She has three books about poetry, as well:  Made in America, Masters of Repetitio, and most recently, Invitation to Poetry.

John Sibley Williams will lead a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. in how to take a poem from the merely personal to one that speaks to larger issues. This interactive workshop will consider poems that have succeeded in “universalizing the intimate” and provide hands-on advice on how to strengthen your poetry to ensure it touches readers while remaining true to your experience and vision.

Mr. Williams is the author of Controlled Hallucinations and six poetry chapbooks. He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review, co-director of the Walt Whitman 150 project, and Marketing Director of Inkwater Press. He has edited two Pacific Northwest poetry anthologies.  Previous publishing credits include: Third Coast, Nimrod International Journal, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, RHINO, and various anthologies.

At 3 pm,  Lisa Steinman and John Sibley Williams will sign their books.  Following that there will be roundtable readings and conversation—a supportive forum for members of the public and workshop participants to share one of their own poems.

Tuition for the workshops is $30 each, or $50 for both.  Both the book signing and the roundtable conversations are free and open to the public.

Click here to download and print a registration form for the workshops.


Kathryn Claire CD Release Show on March 28th

kathryn and band
Join Kathryn Claire for a CD release show at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita March 28th at 7:30pm.

Kathryn will be releasing Shimmering Blue, a collection of cover songs.  Kathryn’s unique blend of original, Celtic and Americana music makes for a captivating and energetic live performance.  Her fiddle-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and and dynamic guitar work, and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres.

This show will feature a full backing band for Kathryn– Allen Hunter on bass; Zak Borden on mandolin( who just performed at the Hoffman Center with Kathryn in January); and Don Henson on percussion.

If you aren’t familiar with Kathryn, here’s a video from one of her solo performances at the Hoffman Center:

For more info on Kathryn Claire, check out: 

Admission to the show will be $12.