Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole‭

Liz Cole – Story Time for Grownups
Reigning Cats and Dogs
Thursday‭, ‬March 1 | 7:00pm‭

Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
Admission $10

Local award-winning actor Liz Cole returns to the Hoffman Center for the Arts stage for the seventh time on Thursday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. to present “Story Time for Grown-ups: Reigning Cats and Dogs.”

The presentation will answer the question: Who are these four-legged creatures that run our households and hold our hearts in their paws?

“The evening will include stories and poems about (and by) cats and dogs,” said Cole, “to share some of the ways our fur friends captivate, annoy and rule. It will be a joyous feast for all animal lovers.”

Admission to “Reigning Cats and Dogs” 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.

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, and gives performances related to medical ethics and communication at healthcare venues across the country.

Cole has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Food Roots, 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 Tillamook County, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in the county in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

A demo reel of selected TV appearances by Cole is available online here.

 


A Panel on Grief will be presented

 

A Panel on Grief
Wednesday, February 28 | 3 to 5pm
Admission $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita 

 

Please note, all Art of Dying/Art of Aging Series presentations
will now be on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 3:00 at the Hoffman Center.

We have losses every day, some big, some smaller.  Grief is a very normal process to help us honor these losses.

Join us for a panel of experts speaking on the topic of grief.  Presenters include:

• Sara Todd MSW at the Rinehart Clinic
• Arnadene Bean SNJM, On-call Chaplain at Providence Seaside Hospital
• Michael Gabel, past Chaplain at Tillamook Hospice and present Grief Group Facilitator at Tillamook Hospital
• Claudia Johnson MA in Theology  – Princeton Seminary, providing Services in our area for 40+ years 
• Kathleen Moore, Private Practice in our area, Dougy Center group facilitator, Grief Group facilitator

There will be a relatively short presentation by the speakers, then we will open the group up to yet another of the heart-warming discussions we have at our Art of Dying/Art of Aging sessions.  Join us to hear a wide range of experiences with grieving, and to build community.  If you feel you might become overwhelmed with grief as we talk about it, we have people to support you.

Knowing that you are not alone in your grief is probably one of the best indicators of a healthy grieving process.  Knowing you have others you can talk with about grief offers a safety net to hold you through the difficult times.  Be informed, be supported, be connected – join us.

This panel will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR, across from the Manzanita Library, on Wednesday, February 28th, from 3-5.  There is a $5 fee to attend.

Please note the change to Wednesday. All Art of Aging/of Dying events will be on Wednesdays in 2018.

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

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 telaskinner@gmail.com

 

 

The Power of Humor and Laughter 

 

The Power of Humor and Laughter
Art of Aging/of Dying series
WednesdayFebruary 14 | 3:00 to 5:00pm
Admission $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 

 

Please note this is a change to Wednesday.
All of our Art of Aging/of Dying events will be on Wednesdays in 2018.

Join us for the Power of Laughter presentation by longtime Motivational Humorist, author and trainer Gail Hand, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Gail started her stand-up career in 1989 in San Francisco and has since toured with her Power of Laughter programs to over 1000 companies, universities & associations in the U.S. and Canada.  She has spoken to over 75,000 college students in 45 states over 20 years. She has produced the Power of Laughter Yoga clubs in over 500 organizations and will start us off with some Laughter Yoga on the 14th.

Gail is author of Are You Sure You Want to Post That? and The Power of Laughter: Seven Secrets to Living and Laughing in a Stressful World.  She’ll share those seven secrets. Her books will be for sale that afternoon. Check her out at http://www.gailhand.com.

There is plenty of research on the benefits of humor and laughter, for body, mind and spirit. Laughter changes brain chemistry and may boost the immune system. Humor may allow a person to feel in control of a situation and make it seem more manageable. It allows people to release fears, anger, and stress, all of which can harm the body over time. Humor improves the quality of life at every age. Even without the research, we know this intuitively.

During the dark days of winter, our original plan was to have a team of Art of Aging facilitators lead everyone in a few hours of adding humor and laughter into your life. Quite frankly, our group of mostly introverts was a little concerned (but committed) about pulling this session off. Then the universe stepped in and Gail Hand contacted us. Voila, an expert coming to town. Don’t miss this! Be ready to laugh!

You’ll walk away with a handout full of resources of movies, books and other resources to turn to when you need a laugh. Please bring any favorites of your own to share.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  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 telaskinner@gmail.com

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 –  telaskinner@gmail.com

 

 

Living and Dying: A Love Story

Documentary Living and Dying: A Love Story
Wednesday January 24
, 2018  | 3:00-5:00pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

 The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents the film Living and Dying: A Love Story. Following the film, two local volunteers with End of Life Choices Oregon will discuss issues affecting access to using the Death with Dignity Law in our local North Coast communities.

 Living and Dying: A Love Story is an intimate family film by Sher and Rob Safran, documenting the last week of Sher’s parents’ life. Retired Kaiser Permanente surgeon, and former medical missionaries, Charlie and Francie, now in their late 80s and residing in a continuing care retirement community, have both been diagnosed with six months or fewer to live. Longtime supporters of the right-to-die movement, Charlie and Francie have chosen to use the State of Oregon’s Death with Dignity option — together.

With loving and logistical support from eldest daughter Jerilyn, medical evaluations by caring physicians, and practical information and guidance from volunteers with End of Life Choices, Charlie and Francie move through the Death with Dignity qualification process.

 The film highlights the family’s remarkable acceptance of death, open communication, and intentional preparation.

 As the date for their planned death nears, their family gathers with laughter and tears to celebrate Charlie and Francie’s 70 years together, and to say goodbye. Days later, Charlie and Francie fulfill their heartfelt wish — peacefully passing, hand in hand.

 Filmed in cinéma vérité style, this powerful film is about so much more than Death with Dignity; it is an invitation to change the end-of-life narrative by embracing living and dying with equal measures of love.

 The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  There is a $5 fee to attend. 

 Please note the change to Wednesday
All Art of Aging/of Dying events will be on Wednesdays in 2018

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

 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 telaskinner@gmail.com

“Jump Into Life in Your Second Adulthood, or ‘Now What?’”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 3:00 to 5:00pm
Jump Into Life in Your Second Adulthood, or Now What?
Presentation for the Art of Aging/of Dying series
Admission $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita

Please note this is a change to Wednesday. All of our Art of Aging/of Dying events will be on Wednesdays in 2018.

Are you at the stage of wondering, “Now what?” You’ve retired to the coast or retired from work already living here at the coast; you are living in an empty nest; you have renovated your dream home; you are new here and figuring out your place. And you are living your Second Adulthood, life after 50. For many of us, we get an entire second adulthood, not raising children or pursuing a career, so the question becomes “Now what?”

Join us to explore some of the goals and dreams you have either given up on or not quite yet clarified, and to figure out how to put those goals into action. Your goals can be in any area: physical, spiritual, social, mental, psychological, practical, creative.

This is an interactive workshop format rather than a discussion group. It will include researched information, a few exercises and some group brainstorming, so bring a pen and something to write on (notebook, magazine). Handout provided. If you attended Tela Skinner’s session on Priorities, you might want to review your notes from that day beforehand.

Prior to “retiring,” Kathie Hightower spent 26 years doing workshops in the corporate and government world, traveling the world the past 20+ years presenting workshops for military spouses, focused on happiness, stress/energy management, and especially on how to see possibilities in the face of many obstacles. Now she’s focusing her research on the topic of Second Adulthood, how to stay active, engaged, healthy and purposeful after 50, and yes, how to see possibilities when faced with obstacles of aging. Kathie last presented a workshop on the physical aspects of aging for Art of Aging.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  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 telaskinner@gmail.com

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 is available contact Tela Skinner, at telaskinner@gmail.com

 

 

Is the “Village Concept” viable for our villages? 

Report about the village concept
Tuesday, December 12 | 3:00 to 5:00pm
Fee $5.00
Art of Aging/of Dying series
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 

 

Is the Village Concept viable for our villages? 

For several months, a steering committee has been investigating the possibilities for creation of a Village hub organization for our local communities. The Village steering committee includes both long-time and newer area residents.  Members of the committee will report their findings and ideas at the December 12th Art of Aging series, 3PM to 5PM at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

What do we mean by “Village Concept?”

The Village concept is a model for organizing neighbors helping neighbors coordinate and deliver services for older adults so they can remain living in their own homes and active in their communities. A “Village” is a membership program that provides access to vetted professional services and to volunteer assistance, embracing a variety of preferences and needs. Typical Village services and volunteer opportunities include help with transportation, home repairs, household chores, yard chores, information referral and tech assistance.

As the majority residents in the villages of Neahkahnie, Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler are over the age of 55, and recognizing that some services older adults rely upon in urban areas are not available in our rural environment, a locally organized “village” service hub could improve the likelihood that residents will find ways to remain in the community.  While the model was developed with older adults in mind, the committee recognizes there are challenges for young adults who wish to live in our small communities, and that the Village model could provide for reciprocal services and support across generations.

“Nobody is completely independent. Sometimes in our lives we help a lot and we don’t need a lot in return. Other times we need a lot, and it’s okay to ask.”
— Mary Howe, Village Santa Cruz

“Health benefits are higher within Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) where physical and social environments facilitate greater activity and promote feelings of well-being.”
— Paul Masotti, PhD American Journal of Public Health July 2006

“Village members experience reduced isolation, increased independence, and enhanced purpose of life. These feet on the street resources, focused on social determinants of health, positively improve population health.”
—  Village to Village website

Find out what the steering committee has to report and how you can get involved in Village development.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, December 12, 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 telaskinner@gmail.com

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 telaskinner@gmail.com

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 (www.geropunkproject.org) 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, November 28, 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 telaskinner@gmail.com

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 telaskinner@gmail.com

 

 

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 telaskinner@gmail.com

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 telaskinner@gmail.com

 

 

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 telaskinner@gmail.com

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 telaskinner@gmail.com

“Priorities: Getting Clearer About What You Want for the Rest of Your Life”

Priorities
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita

What is most important to you as you age? What is your personal potential? How can you make choices to reflect the priorities in your life?

Tela Skinner will offer participants an opportunity to ponder questions designed to help them recognize what holds meaning in their individual lives now, and as they age.

According to Carl Jung, the tasks of late life are very different than those during youth and middle age. During this session we’ll look at how we each define those tasks and how to integrate them into our lives.

As a social science researcher, Tela interviewed hundreds of people in late life. She came to recognize the value of asking questions and digging deeper with each answer. Tela holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Gerontology. Her Master’s thesis on Gerotranscendence, a shift in perspective on the aging process, looks at how we, as aging humans, can re-evaluate our place in the world and our natural progression towards maturation and wisdom.

Participants will have a chance to think about different aspects of the aging process (physical, spiritual, social, mental, psychological, practical, creative). They will also take a closer look at what is working in their lives, and what isn’t. Participants will contemplate preferences and values and how they spend their resources (time, energy, money).

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, October 10, 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 telaskinner@gmail.com

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 telaskinner@gmail.com