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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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.

Anne Weiss to perform at Hoffman Center in January

Tibet1Anne Weiss will take the Hoffman Center stage Saturday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m.  Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk, gospel music, and smatterings of classical phrasing and Latin rhythms, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, and striking stage presence.

Anne’s first recording work was with Shawn Colvin and Patty Larkin. It wasn’t long before she was opening concerts for Richie Havens and Dar Williams. A decade later, Anne has performed with everyone from power folk singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco to country blues heroes Cephas & Wiggins. She has toured internationally and has appeared at folk, blues, world music festivals, and week-long music workshops.

For many of her fans, Anne’s lyrics are ultimately what set her aside. Poetic, political, humorous, sensual, full of characters and stories, Weiss came to lyrics through her poetic craft. She has received the Allen Ginsberg Award for poems in her recently published poetry book, Making Paper From Leaves (2002).

“One of the only performers who excels at every style of music out there, with incredibly well written lyrical craft, super cool guitar chops and a voice that stops you dead in your tracks, she belts out mind boggling blues, out of body experience gospel, superb singer/songwriter craft that pulls every emotion imaginable out of the innermost recesses of your mind, extraordinary political insight and social commentary, Anne is in a league all by herself. An absolutely extraordinary experience to hear Anne’s music.”-Fan Review, Folkweb.com

Sliding scale admission for the concert is $12-20.

Film Series to show “Survival Prayer”

10426265_760552187315295_1713844587735763663_nThe Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2013 documentary “Survival Prayer” Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 at the Hoffman Center.

Bellingham-based Benjamin Greené directed the feature about the impact of modern times on British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands.

In the past century commercial logging, over-fishing, and invasive species have compromised the availability of traditionally harvested foods and threatened the long-term viability of these practices.  Compounding the ecological damage is the imminent extinction of the Haida language and loss of traditional knowledge. Naanii Mary Swanson, a last speaker, frames this portrait of age-old traditions at risk.

Against the spectacular Pacific coastline, Swanson’s ancient words set the tone for detailed views of modern life, in which the labor of survival—cutting seaweed fronds, pulling salmon from nets, plucking young spruce tips—speaks to timeless rhythms, sacred ritual, and the power of food and nature to sustain a culture.

The film lasts 70 minutes, and admission will be $5. Refreshments will be available.

Mark your calendars for The Rain Event

mattloveauthorblackwhitepicLove it or hate it, rain is coming our way.  Mark your calendars — join us as we celebrate winter precipitation at The Rain Event, January 17th, 2015.

Look at what we have lined up: Matt Love will be here to read from his book, Of Walking in the Rain.”  Sedona Fire Band, Fineline,  and Cliff & the Lemmings will perform rain music, including: Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Shelter from the Storm, Early Morning Rain, Crying in the Rain, Rhythm of the Falling Rain and Let it Rain. There’s a deluge of rain songs to choose from!

We’ll have other Rainy Day humorous acts for the audience to participate in and enjoy.  The Clay Studio artists will present a 3-D  Rain Art Show. If you’re interested in organizing a Rain themed 2-D art show, let us know!

Between now and Jan. 17th, consider all the ways you describe rain.  If you bring a word (or words) that describes a quality of rain you’ll get $5 off the entry price for the Rain Event.  The Inuit have a long list of ways to describe snow. At The Rain Event we will be collecting words for rain. We all have heard “sideways rain.” What are some other descriptions of the kinds of rain we experience? Put your creative minds to work and bring us your contribution! After the Event, rain words will be posted on the BBQ list and Hoffman Center blog, perhaps to be used in a future creative endeavor—a piece to be read at one the Writer’s Series open mics? A short story published in the next Squid? A poem to be read at the Saturday Open Mic at the Beehive? Creativity abounds here. Bring it on!

Talent Showcase Returning on February 28, 2015

cts fred and friendsThe very popular Hoffman Center Community Talent Showcase will return next February, so now’s the time to start planning your act.

The show will be held the evening of Saturday, Feb. 28.

We’ll be looking for a variety of local performers – comedians, singers, magicians, musicians, actors, or whatever – 12 to 15 acts in all.

More information will be provided after the start of the new year, so stay tuned.

See more pictures from the last Community Talent Showcase.


Phillip Margolin Reads From His Novel Worthy Brown’s Daughter on November 15

phillip margolinPhillip Margolin will read from his book Worthy Brown’s Daughter at the Hoffman Center at 7pm on Saturday, November 15 2014.

Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers, New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown’s Daughter, a compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists. The novel was inspired by true events that occurred in Oregon.

“Margolin shines in recreating pioneer life .. . . there’s legal wrangling, murder and romance, set against the backdrop of race and frontier life. . . . his scene-setting, knowledge of the frontier and relating of the hard task of the law make for an appealing read.”
―Kirkus Reviews

Margolin is well known for his political/legal thrillers, especially since all of his 16 novels have been New York Times bestsellers.

Writing fulltime since 1996, Margolin has an interesting background to draw on: growing up in New York City, a Peace Corps stint in Liberia, West Africa, putting himself through law school at night while teaching junior high in the South Bronx.

He moved to Portland Oregon in 1970 for his first job out of law school with a clerkship for the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals.  He spent 24 years in private practice, specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels, handling all sorts of criminal cases in state and federal court and represented approximately 30 people charged with homicide, including several who faced the death penalty.

His first novel, Heartstone, was nominated for an Edgar for best original paperback mystery of 1978 by the Mystery Writers of America. His second novel, The Last Innocent Man, was made into an HBO movie. Gone, But Not Forgotten  has been sold to more than 25 foreign publishers and debuted as a miniseries in 2004.

Following Margolins’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 Thursday prior to Margolin’s reading, November 13, 6:30 pm at the Manzanita Library. Everyone is invited to bring a friend to both events.

Center Offers iPad Art Class

Wes Cropper Single Graphic 3_72The Hoffman Center will host a workshop for those interested in creating art with their iPad or Android device Saturday, Nov. 22. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. Tuition will be $50.

Newberg-based artist Wes Cropper will lead the class. It is designed for beginner or intermediate artists from middle school age up through adults.

“This class is intended for those who use a hand held devices but have little experience creating art with one,” said Cropper. “We will explore various art applications for iPad and Android platforms, and the availability of important features, including painting and drawing tools, the paint bucket, positioning, rotating, mirroring, scaling, layering, blend modes, transparency and document management.”

Students will develop several smaller studies to gain experience with tools and techniques, and then follow a set of procedures to produce two or three finished works.

Students will need to bring their own iPad or Android device to the training.

Examples of Cropper’s art will go on display at the Center beginning Sat., Nov. 14, with an artist’s reception from 3 to 6 p.m. that day, and stay up for sale all week.

Cropper has been immersed in the arts since childhood, growing up in rural northwest Oregon. With an early fascination in every media form available, he pursued drawing and painting skills throughout his academic career.

He began exploring the prospect of moving images, 3D animation, video production, and web design, and completed the Master of Fine Arts/New Media program at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Persons interested attending the workshop can register by downloading a registration form here or emailing hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net to reserve a spot.

Introduction to Ceramics Class on November 7th

wheel picsThe Hoffman Center Clay Studio in Manzanita will present another Wheel Throwing workshop Friday, November 7, 2014, 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,  An introduction to the the studio’s throwing equipment will be included and there will be 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 glazes and kiln firing of your work. The cost for follow-up work time at the studio is only $2 per hour.

Space is limited, so sign up today by writing to the instructor at hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com or drop off your payment to confirm your spot at the Hoffman Center during Open Studio hours, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, or the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.