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Ingrid Thoft to Read from Duplicity


Ingrid Thoft will read from her latest book, Duplicity
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Doors open 6:30 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Admission: $7

Duplicity is the fourth in Thoft’s series with Boston-based P.I. Fina Ludlow.

Thoft’s first book Loyalty sold to rave reviews. Her second in the series Brutality was awarded the Shamus Award for best P.I. novel by the Private Eye Writers of America. The Fina Ludlow books are now “in development” for a TV series on ABC. The Boston-based investigator has been compared to V.I. Warshawski, and Kinsey Milhone, even Lisbeth Salander.

“Thoft is an entertaining storyteller, and her quirky
protagonist’s the equal of any male gumshoe.”

Thoft was born in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Although always wanting to be an author, her first real-life job was at a radio station in coastal Massachusetts, ripping wires and running the board for a Sunday talk show. She’s worked in human resources at Harvard, and did a stint with an interactive software company.

She wrote two novels about an amateur sleuth that did not sell. When she decided an amateur sleuth character led to limitations, she decided to focus on a professional Private Investigator instead. In order to create a believable P.I. character, she enrolled in the Private Investigation certificate program at the University of Washington.  Thoft lives in Seattle with her husband.

Following Thoft’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Mystery and Murder.”

Thoft will teach a workshop titled “Mastering Murder” 
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 | 10 am – 12:30 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Tuition is $40

Want to demystify the process of writing a mystery?  We’ll examine the guts of the modern mystery and help you make progress on your idea or manuscript.  How do you craft a suspenseful plot?  Create memorable characters?  Make it realistic?  Write from the viewpoint of an assassin? And knock your readers dead?  Join Ingrid and find out!

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Talking about Dying

“Talking about Dying”
Presentation by award-winning gerontologist Jenny Sasser
Art of Aging/of Dying series
Tuesday, November 28 | 3-5pm
Donations are welcome
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita

What do we think about when we think of dying? When we think about our own dying, what do we want most? This program provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on what stories and influences shape their thinking about death and dying and to hear perspectives and ideas from fellow community members.

Thanks to the generous support of WRG Foundation Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Humanities offers Talking about Dying to communities throughout the state at no cost to hosts.

Jennifer (Jenny) Sasser, Ph.D. is an award-winning educational gerontologist, transdisciplinary scholar, and community activist. Jenny served as Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Founding Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University from 1999 to 2015.  In addition to co-authoring Aging: Concepts and Controversies with Harry Moody (now in its 9th edition), she is first author on the forthcoming book Gerontology: The basics. Her founded the Gero-Punk Project ( and offers consulting, workshops and presentations throughout North America.  She also teaches Adult Development and Aging; Supporting End-of-Life; and End-of-Life Practices in the Gerontology program at Portland Community College.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  This event is free; however we welcome donations to the Art of Aging/of Dying program.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Tela Skinner, at



Emergency Preparedness Presentation

Emergency Preparedness presentation
Art of Aging/of Dying
November 14 | 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Admission: $5

How prepared are you personally for local emergencies large or small in our town?

Come hear Emergency Volunteer Corp members Margaret Steele, M.D. and Linda Cook help us learn how to become better prepared for all types of emergencies.

They will discuss common emergencies such as short-term power outages, floods, trees down, as well as major emergencies like tornados and earthquake/tsunami as well as medical emergencies. Having seen the people affected by the recent floods, hurricanes and fires, this information is particularly timely.

Dr. Steele will help us understand medical aspects of emergency preparedness, including stockpiling at least 30 days of your medications, and how to personalize a First Aid Kit.

She will discuss basic health information, including important symptoms not to ignore, when to call 911, when to go to the ER or Urgent Care, and when to wait for a routine appointment with your doctor.

Linda Cook will show two examples of Go Bags and discuss how to supplement what you already have or to start new. She will also make suggestions as to what to have in needed supplies for Shelter in Place for longer-term emergencies.

They will be here to answer all your questions so that you will be able to leave feeling more empowered by learning what you need to do before the emergencies happen.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  There is a $5 fee to attend.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Tela Skinner, at



Wandering Reel Film Festival Returns on October 20, 2017

The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival returns to Manzanita Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m., with a collection of five short international films at Hoffman Center for the Arts. Michael Harrington, director/curator of the festival, will attend the event to offer a Q&A session. Admission will be $5 at the door.

Built around the theme “In Between Us,” the program features films about the bonds that connect people — often in unexpected ways. The films to be shown are:

“The Tables” Directed by John Bunning (United States)
A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers. (Documentary: 15 min.)

“Big City” Directed by Jordan Bond and Lachlan Ryan (Australia)

Making a friend on the ride home. (Narrative: 9 minutes)

“Into the Blue” Directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic (Croatia)
Thirteen-year-old Julija and her mother flee their abusive household to find refuge on an idyllic Croatian island where Julija grew up. Emotionally scarred, Julija is desperate to reconnect with her best friend, Ana. But Ana is in love with a boy and Julija is no longer a priority. (Narrative: 22 min.)

“Anna” Directed by Or Sinai (Israel)
It’s a hot summer’s day, and for the first time in years Anna, a sewing workshop worker, unexpectedly finds herself alone, without her son. She sets out for a free night, roaming the streets of her small desert town, looking for a man who can touch her, even just for one brief moment. (Narrative: 24 min.)

Zela Trovke (Basque Spain): Directed by Asier Altuna
Moritats are old folk songs about crimes and are typical of Central Europe. Zela Trovke is a moritat from Slovakia, which the Holland Baroque Society has recovered to include in its Barbaric Beauty program. Maite Larburu, the orchestra’s violinist, unveils the song’s hidden secrets. (Documentary: 13 min.)

More information on the Wandering Reel program is available online at


Liz Cole to Read at the Hoffman

Liz Cole to Read
Wednesday,  October 25 | 7:00pm
Hoffman Center
Admission: $10

“Bedside Manner Reading:
A Doctor’s Journey of Literary Discovery.”

Local award-winning actor Liz Cole returns to the Hoffman Center for the Arts stage Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. to present “Bedside Manner Reading: A Doctor’s Journey of Literary Discovery.”

The presentation will be based on the work of early 20th-century physician Sir William Osler, known as “The Father of Modern Medicine.”

Osler, a Canadian physician, was one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medical School, and is remembered for his medical humanism. He was an avid reader who brought literature directly into his practice of medicine.

Cole will share some of those readings and reflect on the ways in which medicine and literature illuminate each other.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups five times before to enthusiastic audiences.

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.

Admission to the Oct. 25 reading is a suggested donation of $10, and all proceeds will go to support Hoffman Center programs. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served.


Kathleen Moore Presents Overview of Insights from Death Doula

Tuesday, October 24 | 3:00pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Ave | Manzanita

$5 fee to attend

Kathleen Moore will present an overview of insights from attending the Death Doula, Showing up for Death, Nourishing the World Conference.

Kathleen Moore will share insights learned from Ram Dass, Stephen Jenkinson, Bohdi Be, and many other very wise people at the April Death Doula Conference.

“WHAT IS A DEATH DOULA?” you might ask.  It is being with the dying.  It is knowing how to be quiet inside.  It is being of service to the family.  It is one of the most sacred things we can do.  Just as the birth of each new human being is sacred, so too is the passage, the birthing, of a soul out of their body.  Join us for an exploration and informative time together as we learn more about the role of being a Death Doula.

Kathleen Moore has attended the deaths of many throughout her life.  She faced her own death at age 10 when she developed Type 1 diabetes.  She became a child therapist in the schools, then opened her private practice over 30 years ago.  She worked many years at The Dougy Center for grieving children and families.  Kathleen has facilitated many grief groups, as well as individual grief sessions.  Death is a very natural extension of her love of life.

“The spiritual heart is the doorway to soul, which is the doorway to Soul-land,
that’s where I want to be.  It’s like Disneyland for the soul.”   — Ram Dass

“Na’ou – the gut feeling.  Hawaiians put big importance on our inner knowing.” — Bohdi Be

“Most people fear they’ll be in intense pain [when they are dying], but in reality, only very
few die that way….  Suffering and beauty are the two basic principles humans have capacity
to bring more life to us.”    — Stephen Jenkinson

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Tela Skinner, at

Brownsmead Flats to Perform


Brownsmead Flats
Saturday | October 28th
7:00 pm | 
$10 admission
Hoffman Center for the Arts

The Brownsmead Flats play acoustic music that may be best described as “Crabgrass,” a style they liken to folk/bluegrass with a maritime flavor. They sing with a strong emphasis on tight vocal harmonies and the quintet plays a variety of acoustic instruments. Dan Sutherland is featured on hammered dulcimer, mandolin, and fiddle. Ray Raihala picks banjo, guitar, and mandolin. Larry Moore plays the mandolin. John Fenton is on bass and mandolin, and Ned Heavenrich plays harmonica and guitar.

The Brownsmead Flats create a fun loving atmosphere where audiences are encouraged to participate by singing along and doing hand motions. The versatility of the band allows them to generate music for all ages. Their tight harmonies and enjoyment of making music together translate into an event guaranteed to fill audiences with joy and mirth.

Call for Art: Nevermore in November

To highlight our November Manzanita Writers’ Series mystery theme, artists are invited to submit art to be displayed in the Hoffman Center all of November.

The art should be inspired by the literary reference “Quoth the Raven – ‘Nevermore’” in some manner and can include up to two pieces of any two-dimensional medium.

Artists are welcome to sell their work, with a 30 percent commission to the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Ready-to-hang art should be dropped off at the Hoffman Center between 10 a.m. and noon on Monday, October 30. The show will be hung that afternoon and will be among the art on display all November.

On November 20, author Ingrid Thoft will teach a workshop titled “Mastering Murder” and read from her latest thriller that evening, Duplicity.

Made by Fire Raku Show Opens October 6

Raku Pottery will be featured in “Made By Fire” at the Hoffman Center Art Gallery through October.

Raku Pottery created by ceramic artists from the Hoffman Clay Studio will be featured and available for purchase at the Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery located at 594 Laneda Ave in Manzanita. Show opens October 6, 2017 from 3-5 pm and continues every Friday and Saturday from 3-5pm through October 28.

Featuring the fruits of the Hoffman Center Clay Studio June and September Raku firings, Raku pottery is created by the thrilling process of subjecting red hot ceramics to smoke. Sometimes called a happy accident because of the unpredictable results, Raku is a unique and vibrant ceramic art form.

Needle-Felted Sculpture Workshop

Needle-Felted Sculpture Workshop
Saturday, November 4 | 10am to 4pm
Instructor: Jeanine Rumble
Tuition: $40 (all materials included)
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue

Explore the fun, versatile and inexpensive possibilities of needle felting. In this workshop, you will learn to shape fluffy wool into people, animals or the object of your choice– perfect for holiday decorations and gifts.

Instructor, artist Jeanine Rumble, is a Manzanita resident proficient in weaving, spinning and needle felt sculpture.

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