Launch Party for 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid on October 8

squid-5-coverManzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid literary journal at 7 pm on Saturday, October 8. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Seventy-seven writers submitted 160 pieces. Thirty-eight submissions were chosen by outside judges. Judith Barrington judged poetry, Cari Luna judged fiction and Brian Benson judged non-fiction.

The category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and previously advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The Squid includes art and photography from local artists as well.

The expenses are covered through fundraising, in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2016/2017.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $7 cover price will go to produce future editions of the magazine.

For further information contact Kathie Hightower,








Zentangle: The Basics and Beyond Class on October 2nd

zentangle image2The Hoffman Center for the Arts is bringing back Deb Thompson for another Zentangle class on Sunday, October 2nd from 9:30 to noon.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world, across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.

This class will provide a beginner with a background in the history of Zentangle, introduce them to the basics steps of the method and expose them to associated vocabulary and tools used. Students will be immersed in creating actual Zentangle tiles and will leave with a clear understanding that, “Anything is possible one stroke at a time.”® A mosaic photograph of class creations will be taken at the conclusion of the class. A unique hashtag will be assigned to the mosaic so that students can share the magic of a Zentangle mosaic with their family and friends.

Tuition for the class is $35.00, with a $6.00 materials fee paid to instructor at class time

*For returning Zentangle students: Bring your starter kit, and there will be no materials fee.

Click here to register for The Basics and Beyond Class 


Deb has been practicing the art of Zentangle for several years. I have completed the Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) seminar in Providence, Rhode Island with Zentangle founders, Rick Roberts, and Maria Thomas. Since becoming a CZT, I have been actively teaching group and individual Zentangle classes in the Eugene, Oregon area. I have a shared family vacation home in Manzanita, and visit as frequently as possible.

She can be reached at:

Mindy Halleck to teach a writing workshop on “How Objects Tell a Story” September 17th: CANCELLED


This class has been CANCELLED.

Author Mindy Halleck will teach a writing workshop on “How Objects Tell a Story” on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 10 to 3 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

This workshop is useful for writers working in Novel, Short Story or Memoir.

What is lord of the Rings without the RING, Cinderella without GLASS SLIPPERS? These iconic objects are shorthand for legendary stories that could not be told without them. Objects, sometimes called plot-devices, in fiction writing can be over done. However a well-crafted plot device, or one that emerges naturally from the setting or characters of the story, can enrich the story and provide an added layer of reader satisfaction. Students will learn to create a narrative for an object that can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale. We’ll look at the when, where, and how objects intersect with plot, and how to create more depth in stories. There will be writing exercises, visual presentations, displays, Q & A, handouts, and powerful story discovery worksheets.

Mindy will do a reading from her novel, Return to Sender at the Cloud & Leaf Bookstore after class from 4:30-5:30 PM.

Mindy Halleck is an award-winning author, and instructor. Her novel Return to Sender – set in the Manzanita Oregon of the 1950s – was a featured debut novel in Kirkus Review Magazine in 2015, and also won a ‘Readers Favorite’ award. Recently, Halleck won a Writer’s Digest fiction contest with her short story, A Mother’s Confession, which is published in the Nov/Dec 2016 Writer’s Digest Magazine. Halleck blogs at Literary Liaisons and is an active member of the writing community. A one-time magazine columnist and travel writer, she is a happily married, globe-trotter currently working on her second novel, Garden of Lies.

Register here by September 10th for this fast paced informative writer’s workshop.  There is a minimum of 8 students for the workshop to happen.  The workshop cost is $50.

Hoffapalooza set for Saturday, September 3rd

hoffa poster final final vw Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will celebrate its 12th anniversary with an open house on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, from 1 to 4 at the Center.

Come out for a tour, talk to volunteers involved in the various activities, both long-running and new. Representatives will be available at information displays to answer questions you have about programs: Film Series, Manzanita Writers’ Series, the North Coast Squid Literary Journal, Clay Studio, Music Events, and The Art of Aging, Art of Dying Series.

Hoffapalooza will include an art show by Clay Studio Artists, and displays from the Word & Image event, Film Series, and art by students who have taken visual arts classes held at the Center during the past year. You’ll also get to watch artists demonstrate their craft.

Step into the Clay Studio for more demonstrations. In the Writing Lounge area, try your hand at “On-the-Spot-Poetry,” magnetic poetry, to be published. All magnetic poetry will be photographed and included in a book for sale as a fundraiser.

Refreshments and cold beverages will be served at the open house.

Leading up to September 3, raffle tickets for a variety of prizes will be on sale every Friday from 5 to 8, in front of Polaris Art Gallery, on Laneda near the Farmer’s Market, as well as at HCA events. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the day on September 3d as well.

Prizes include:

•   2 entrees at Blackbird  ($60 value)
•   Inn at Manzanita – one night’s stay
•   Spindrift Motel – one night’s stay
•   Cloud and Leaf – gift certificate for $50
•   El Trio Loco – gift certificate for $ 30
•   Admission for the “Season” of Manzanita Writers’ Series ($42 value)
•   Silk Scarf from Syzygy
•   Souvenir Book from Manzanita News & Espresso
•   Handmade Vase from Finnestere ($495 value)
• $50 Gift Certificate to San Dune Pub (x2)
• $25 Gift Certificate to Bread & Ocean (x2)
• $30 Gift Certificate at Manzanita Lumber
• $50 Gift Certificate at Angelina
• $50 Gift Certificate at Spa Manzanita (x2)
• Allan Olson’s bowl ($40 value)
• Gift Bag of items from T-Spot

and more prizes are added every week! Check out the Silent Auction September 3rd. You’ll have a chance to bid on a fun creativity experience for you and a group of friends, from a wheel/handbuilding class in the Clay Studio to a Writing Workshop to a Botanical Drawing Art Workshop, to a Washboard Music Class.

The raffle drawing and silent auction winners will be announced throughout the Hoffapalooza event. You do not need to be present to win.

Save the date! Stop by and find out what’s new at HCA: Sat. Sept 3rd, 1 to 4PM for Hoffapalooza.

CLASS CANCELLED — Hoffman Center Sets Multilayer Papercutting Class

paper cut collageThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Multilayer Papercutting” Class” class Saturday, Sep. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Led by artist David Friedman of Portland, students will use papercutting tools to create delicate, intricate and unique artwork.

Tuition for the class will be $55. A $35 materials fee should be paid directly to the instructor on the day of the class.

Friedman is an award winning artist from Interstate University, Central Washington, Sara Sturgeon Gallery

“Papercuts as an artform have a long tradition. German, Jewish, Japanese and Chinese traditions all have their styles,” said Friedman. “My work brings papercuts into a contemporary format. Many are multilayered and dimensional.”

Interested persons can register for “Multilayer Papercutting” on-line at The class is limited to 12 participants, and requires using sharp knives/utensils

Questions about the class can be sent to Friedman at His website is

Film Series Offers “Voyagers Without Trace” on August 19th

Voyagers Poster 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the acclaimed 2015 independent documentary “Voyagers Without Trace” Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The film lasts 80 minutes. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Ian McCluskey of Portland, the film traces the 900-mile journey in 1938 of three French kayakers down the Green and Colorado Rivers. The trio documented their adventure on 16-mm color film, but it was never shown to the public.

McCluskey retrieved the film from archives. He used it, a diary, and still photos to retrace and document the journey himself with two friends.

“Voyagers offers a vivid window to a time when the Wild West was transitioning to the Modern West, when the rivers flowed wild and undammed, before guidebooks and GPS,” said McCluskey. “The (French kayakers) set out as a new vanguard of outdoor recreationalists, packing a new set of equipment and expectations, to seek out adventure merely for the ‘joie de vivre.’”

“Voyagers Without Trace” was featured at the Astoria Film Festival in Dec. 2015, and won the Varsity Audience Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April 2016.

McCluskey is an award-winning documentary film director and the founding director of NW Documentary in Portland.  His work has garnered more than a dozen prestigious awards, including four Emmys.

A trailer can be viewed at


Manzanita Music Festival Schedule

If you’re in town on July 23rd-24th, be sure to stop by the Hoffman Gardens.  We’re one of three venues for the inaugural Manzanita Music Festival. Just about every style of music will be on offer, along with .  And it’s FREE!

Here’s the schedule for two of the Stages.  There will also be activities in the Cascade Sotheby’s parking lot (where the Farmer’s Market is held on Fridays).

Saturday, July 23rd

Time Full Spectrum Stage at the Hoffman Gardens Lostrum Stage at 3rd & Laneda
1 pm The Thomasian Trio w/ Maggie Kitson
(Jazz and Blues)
Kate Morrison, Solo
2 pm Jenny Don’t and the Spurs
(Country Roots)
Blue Jug
3 pm The Junebugs
Kelsey Mousley
4 pm Maggie and the Kats
5 pm Jaime Leopold & the Short Stories
Jenny Don’t and the Spurs
6 pm Terry Robb
(Acoustic Blues)
Julie Amici


7 pm- 9 pm Kate and the Crocodiles
(“Eclectic, Eccentric” Jazz/Pop)
The Sextones



Sunday, July 24th

Time Full Spectrum Stage at the Hoffman Gardens Lostrum Stage at 3rd & Laneda
1 pm The Sextones
(Electric Jazz/Funk)
Mystery Ride
2 pm Boomer and the Millennials
The Junebugs
3 pm Sol Seed
(Reggae & Fusion)
Terry Robb
4 pm Sol Seed Jaime Leopold & the Short Stories


Art of Aging Session: From Basic Independence to Optimal Wellness

art-of-aging-dying-icon-finalThe next session in the Art of Aging series will be Tuesday, July 12th, from 3-5 pm, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Physical Aging: From Basic Independence to Optimal Wellness, What’s Possible?

We’ll be looking at the full range: from what it takes for the continued ability to perform the daily tasks of living to what’s possible in very active aging. Kathie will share the research on the physical aspects of longevity, of staying vital and active with a sense of wellbeing late into life. Think of this as your Reader’s Digest summary from over 20 books and numerous longterm studies on the physical aspects of aging. You’ll have the chance to take some self tests to see where you stand now, and to develop your own plan to make improvements. You get to decide…what of this speaks to me? What do I want to keep doing and what might I want to change?

This is an interactive workshop format rather than discussion group.

Prior to “retiring,” Kathie 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, possibilities, and stress/energy management. Now she’s focusing all her research on the topic of Second Adulthood, how to stay active, engaged, healthy and purposeful after 60.

Kathie will have an extensive handout so please RSVP to her at so she knows how many copies to bring.

Suggested Donation $5.

The Art of Aging and Art of Dying Series is a program of Hoffman Center of the Arts. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 3 to 5PM.

If you want to be added to the email list for all Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email

Hoffman Center Offers Zentangles Class on July 16

zentangle imageThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Zentangles: The Basics” class Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The class will be led by Deb Thompson, a Certified Zentangle Instructor. She has taught the art form to groups and individuals in the Eugene area for several years. Tuition will be $40, which includes all supplies.

“The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images,” said Thompson. “It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal wellbeing.”

Persons interested in taking the class can register for “Zentangles: The Basics” on-line here.

The class is open to students of all ages and experiences. The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 13.

Questions about “Zentangles: The Basics” can be sent to Thompson at

Announcing July Classes in the Clay Studio!

kathleen and maskThe Clay Studio at the Hoffman Center for the Arts has announced the following classes for July:
Intro to the Wheel Two on July 8 from 10-12; This workshop follows Intro to the Wheel One and covers basic clay art and throwing principles. It assumes you are familiar with the wheel and are ready for the next step as a beginner to shape, trim, and alter basic shapes as you wish. Taught by J.S. Hauer CLASS FULL
Mask-making on July 15 from 1-3; Explore creating your own masks. This workshop will include principles of hand- working clay, slab building, how to shape and join clay, mark making tools, and where ever your imagination takes you! There will be one on one time with the instructor Kathleen Ryan.
Beginning hand-building on July 20 from 10-12; This ever popular workshop covers basic clay art principles, including slab building, an introduction to the studio’s equipment, how to shape and join clay, and create textures. There is plenty of hands-on practice time to build your cylindrical hand-formed vessel – wherever your imagination takes you! Instructor: Kathy Kanas  ONE SPOT LEFT
Intro to the wheel on July 29 from 10-12; This workshop is an introduction to the the studio’s throwing equipment and will cover basic clay art and throwing principles. You will learn how to center clay, pull a cylinder and a bowl, and receive enough instruction to set you on your way for practicing.  There will also be time for plenty of hands-on time with instructor Mary Roberts.  CLASS FULL
Workshops cost is $35 each which includes three pounds of clay and two 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 and additional clay is available for $1.50 per pound.

Space is limited to four or six participants depending on the class, so sign up by delivering payment to the Studio, located at the corner of Laneda and Division Streets in Manzanita  or via Pay Pal here.

Studio hours are:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 4 and Saturdays 10 – 2.

Questions? Contact us at: