A Celebration of Music on Sunday, October 12th

Hoffman CofA Flyer C 6-72If you were one of the standing-room-only crowd at the “Beatles on Laneda” concert at the Hoffman Center in May, you experienced a true community-based music event.

At the end of the evening, as the entire crowd was swaying back and forth singing along to “Hey Jude,” Dave Dillon, past president of the Hoffman Center board, commented, “This is exactly what we envisioned when we started the Hoffman Center so many years ago.”

Sunday, October 12 at 7 pm you’ll have the opportunity to join in on a similar event. As the culmination of a weekend full of festivities and events over the Columbus Day Weekend, the Hoffman Center will offer a concert: A Celebration of Music.

The performance will highlight a variety of music, and celebrates ten years of Hoffman Center programming along with showcasing the newly renovated building.

This has been a big year for the Hoffman Center.

The project to “Finish off the Hoff” included long-needed renovations to the building from replacing most of the east wall to a new carpet.

The building across the street was razed due to safety issues and gardens were planted.

The new and expanded board has been busy with strategic planning and presenting information sessions to community members to share the future of the Hoffman Center.

The Columbus Day weekend of events celebrates and demonstrates the depth of programming at the Hoffman Center.

The Celebration of Music kicks off at 7pm. The $10 fee is part of current fundraising for the continuation and expansion of Hoffman Center programming.

Emcee Amy Pulitzer will introduce four bands and their music.

Bands include Sedona Fire, Fineline, Cliff and the Lemmings, and Fred and Friends, treating you to a mix of covers and original songs.

The newly remodeled Hoffman Center will feature art, as the weekend art show by over 20 Hoffman Center artists continues.

Raffle tickets will be available before the show and 10 minutes into intermission, and the silent auction will also continue 10 minutes into intermission. Amy will announce the winners of both the raffle items and silent auction items as the second half of the evening begins. See below for information on raffle prizes and silent auction items.

Be sure to stop in during the day for other activities (see below).

Join your fellow community members and visitors at the center over the Columbus Day Weekend and celebrate arts and culture in our three-village area.

Activities throughout Columbus Day Weekend, at the Hoffman Center:

When: Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12, between 11am to 4pm.

An Art Show will be up Friday (through Monday,) with an Artist’s Reception from 2 to 4 on Sunday, with cake and other refreshments.  Pieces will be for sale and proceeds will benefit the Hoffman Center.

Music all day on Saturday with Wonderland, Trillium Blue, Scott Warren, and Bob Brook all playing an hour during the event. In addition, John Freethy will give guitar lesson demos for an hour.

Other activities will showcase the wide variety of programming at the Hoffman Center to include clay studio tours and demonstrations, Writing Lounge with writing prompts, poetry writing, a silent movie to remind you of the Film Series, children’s activities and more.

Full schedule of events will be posted on the bulletin board at the front of HC by Oct. 8.

Chance to Win:

Raffle sales give you the opportunity to win dinner at Blackbird, an overnight stay at Manzanita Inn, or a massage from Dan Zia. $5 a ticket or 5 tickets for $20.

Wide variety of Silent Auction items, most tied in some way to arts and culture. Examples:

The Gift of Focus: activities to help you find focus for your creativity, including a private yoga/breath session, a Tarot card reading, an Accutonics (sound) massage, a Stand Up Paddle board lesson and reflexology.

Writing Inspiration & Tools: Numerous writing books (including Writers Market 2015), a writing journal, tea mug, $20 gift certificate from Cloud & Leaf,

The Gift of Time: A variety of local restaurant gift certificates so you can save time for your creative work by letting others cook dinner.

Many standalone items as well including a Yamaha Clavinova CLW-14 keyboard, a clay studio class, and an insider’s view into film-making.


Summer Art Camp for Kids Big Success

pedersens drawing classTwenty-five children, ages five and half to fourteen, attended this summer’s week long art camp.

Four different classes met daily for two hour sessions:  Fine Art for Kids with Bjorn Lundeen, Acting & Improv with Willa Childress, Circus Arts with Sierra Gjerde,  and Drawing Monsters, Robots & Fairies with Ryan Pedersen.

Final presentations were held on Friday for each of the sessions, giving parents, grandparents, and community members a chance to see what the students learned.

Photo by John Freethy:  Ryan Pedersen’s class ‘Drawing Monsters, Fairies, and Robots’, shares their work and some really ‘monstrous’ faces.




Workshop for Young Writers

BlankThe Manzanita Writers’ Series coordinators are pleased to announce a class for young writers to prepare their writing work for submission to publications.

Open to students entering grades 5 through 9 in September, 2014, the class will help students take a favorite writing piece, and to perfect it through peer feedback and a guided editing process.  They will also become acquainted with the submission process and explore publishing sites.  Ultimately, students will finalize a piece to submit to the North Coast Squid literary journal.

“With the new submission categories at the Squid, there’s an opportunity for local young writers to submit their work this year,” says Deb Simmons, who developed the class and will be teaching it.  “We’re hoping a regular writing group will grow out of this experience.”

The class, which runs 6 days, Monday through Wednesday for two consecutive weeks (July 7,8,9,14,15,16), from 10 to 12:30, will be held at the Nehalem Elementary Computer Lab/Library.

Along with submitting their work, the final class will feature an Open Mic at the Hoffman Center.

The class fee is $70 and materials are included.  Students should bring a sack lunch for each day’s “Talk About Writing Lunch”.

A third generation Oregonian and graduate of OSU, Deb Simmons completed the Masters of Teaching (MAT) program at Lewis & Clark College with certification in Language & Literacy.  She studied at the NW Writing Institute under Kim Stafford and is a ‘graduate’ of their Oregon Writers Project.

After thirty-five years of teaching (the last 13 at Nehalem Elementary), Deb retired in September, 2013 to devote more time to writing and writing instruction with young people.  She mentors teachers, has trained student teachers, and served on two school boards (both in Portland).

Deb and her husband of forty years live in Neahkahnie.

Click here to download a registration form.  Or, contact Deb Simmons at 503.739.3350 or via emaildaslunas@icloud.com


The Reptile Man is Back on July 12th

reptile man picThis FREE children’s event July 12th from 3-4 pm is sponsored by the Tillamook County Library, and features The Reptile Man, Richard Ritchey.  Richard will present 17 real reptiles that are included in a 1 hour show designed to educate and entertain.

He has 38 years experience working with reptiles, and all snakes are no longer venomous.

If you haven’t seen Reptile Man yet, you are in for a treat. This is as much fun for adults as it is for kids!

For more info on the Reptile Man, check out his website http://www.oregonreptileman.com

2013 Summer Art Camps Set

HC SC Brochure 2013 Front Page HC SC Brochure 2013 Back PageThe Hoffman Center in Manzanita will host three art camps for kids this summer. The camps, following a theme of international culture, will be held the week of July 29 to Aug 2 at the Center building at 594 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita.

“Shadow Theater” (ages 6 – 10) will explore the art and history of this ancient craft. The campers will learn to create their own puppet play, and the week will end with a performance for family and friends. Led by Lynn Thomas, the camp will cost $65, with an additional $5 lab fee. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon daily.

“From Baobab to Douglas Fir – An Art Journey” (ages 8 -12) will explore the world of trees and their environments through adventures in watercolor, pen and ink, pastels and charcoal. Led by Angelle Soans, this camp will cost $65, with an additional $10 lab fee. Hours 10 a.m. to noon daily.

“Totems, Amulets and Talismen” (ages 8 – 12) students will learn to hand-build small animal figures from a variety of materials, based on animal totems, Japanese netsuke, amulets and imagery from mythology. Led by Kathleen Ryan, the camp will cost $65, with an additional $15 lab fee. Hours: 1 to 3 p.m. daily.

Lunch Bunch. New this year is an opportunity for art campers to stay at the Hoffman Center over the noon hour and be supervised while they eat their own sack lunches. The fee for this supervision is $15 per child for the whole week.

A limited number of scholarships will be available, thanks to a grant from the Juan Young Trust. Parents should ask about the scholarships when registering.

Register by visiting the Hoffman Center Web site at hoffmanblog.org and downloading the brochure; by phoning (503) 368-3846; or by e-mailing hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net. All registrations must be received and paid in full by July 24.


Strong Voices Workshop Publishes Literary Magazine

The ‘Strong Voices’ writing workshop for young adults has published a literary magazine of selected writings.  The workshop, held in July 2012, focused on honing voice and message with the guidance of local writer/teacher Holly Lorincz.

A handful of writers, ranging from 12 to 20 sat in a hot room, smelling the Pacific Ocean steaming under a July sun.  Instead of swimming, they hoisted cheap pens, covering page after page of spiral notebooks with ink, spilling a wide range of emotions and ideas into the open.  The outcome?  A truly inspired collection of writing.  Click here to read the work of some of those students.

Photo:  Teacher Holly Lorincz (center of back row) and writers from the Strong Voices workshop.


Summer Kids’ Camp Line-Up Announced

The Hoffman Center unveiled it’s new line-up for the summer kids’ camps. We will host eight art camps and two drama camps for kids this summer. Sessions will be held at the Center building at 594 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita.

The first drama camp will be held July 23-27. “Drama Light” (Ages 7+) Students will memorize a favorite poem and, after learning presentation techniques, perform it on stage during a final performance. Led by Aina Tonjes. Cost $65. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon daily.

The eight art camps will all be held the week of Jul. 30 – Aug. 3, with morning or afternoon sessions. Each camp will cost $65.

“Global Art Beat” (Ages 5-10) Students will learn to play instruments from Brazilian, African and Native American traditions. The kids will also learn to make costumes from each culture. The week will culminate in a music performance in costume. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon. Led by Lynn Thomas.

In “Tell Your Story: Poetry and Art Journal Workshop” (Ages 10-14) Students will learn new ways to tell their own stories – in poems and art journaling. Addressing hopes and dreams, treasures and secrets, monsters and scars. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon. Mindy Harwick will lead the camp.

“Beginning Basket Weaving” (Ages 9+) Students will work with reeds and other natural items. Additional embellishments, such as beads, can be added during the process. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon. Led by Marilyn Anderson.

“Adventures in Drawing” (Ages 8-12) Students will work creatively with pencil, pen and charcoal and learn how shape and line form the real world and imaginary ones. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon. Led by Angelle Soans.

“Gnomes, Homes, and Adventure” (Ages 5-8) Students will make clay sculptures of gnomes, trolls or elves, and then collect found objects to create an outdoor structure that would become their homes. Hours: 1 – 3 p.m. Led by Steve Albrechtsen.

“Writing from Life: Flash Fiction for Teens” (Ages 12-19) Students will learn to write short, fast and fun flash fiction by drawing on life for ideas — including the scary, the sweet and the downright strange. Publishing markets for teens will also be covered. Hours: 1-3 p.m. Led by Mindy Harwick.

“Traditional Mexican Coconut Masks” (Ages 10+) Students will use coconut shells as a basis to form facial masks using cones, seeds, pods and other natural items. The masks will be finished with plaster of Paris, paint and a sealant. Hours: 1-3 p.m. Led by Sharon Borgford.

“Adventures in Modern Painting” (Ages 8-12) Students will learn to make their own paintbrushes and mix paint, be introduced to the works of Miro, Klee, Kandinsky and Matisse, and experiment with the Modern abstract painting style. Hours: 1-3 p.m. Led by Peggy Biskar.

“We Are the World, Musical Theatre Creative Workshop” (Ages 6-12) Three-week class will run from Aug. 6–24. Students will learn vocal technique, acting, movement and basic musical theatre production. They will also create their own theatrical dialogue/narrative in a musical review format. A final performance will be presented for families on the last day of the class. Hours: 10 a.m. to noon. Led by Susan St. John. Cost: $100

A limited number of scholarships will be available, thanks to the support of local businesses, art lovers and a grant from the Juan Young Trust. Parents should ask about the scholarships when registering

Click here and here to download both pages of the registration form, or phone (503) 368-3846; or e-mail hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net. All registrations must be received and paid in full by July 20.