African Safari to Kenya

A visit to Kenya with Lynne Gross
Thursday, March 8 | 7pm
Admission: $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

A visit to Kenya through picture and narrative by Lynne Gross will be offered on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission for the event is $5.

Nehalem resident Lynne Gross, owner of the business Eagle Tours Kenya, has been arranging safaris to Kenya since 2012, creating customized trips and accompanying clients on the journeys.

“Kenya is my happy place and, no matter how many times I go on safari, I always have a new appreciation for the happy native people and the magnificent animals” says Ms. Gross. “Every person who has gone on one of these trips says it is one of the most wonderful experiences of their life.”

The photos and presentation will take attendees on a virtual safari visiting the geography, the culture, the people and the wildlife of Kenya, including a look at the iconic wildebeest migration.

“Travelogue Kenya Safari” is the fourth in a series of photography shows sponsored by the Hoffman Center to celebrate global culture and community through the lens of our local citizens.

Refreshments will be served and a discussion will follow the presentation.


Northwest Short Films Return to the Hoffman

The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
January, 26 | 7:30pm

Admission: $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda, Manzanita

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The collection of eight short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center in Portland from its annual juried festival. The works were shot in Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia. Total running time will be about 90 minutes.

Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager and Programmer for the Northwest Film Center, will attend the screening to discuss both the program and the center

The films to be screened are:

“Dinosaurs in the Hood” by Long Tran, Renton, Washington. A cinematic adaptation of a spoken-word poem about negative representations of African-American men perpetuated by mass media. (4 mins.)

“Float” by Tristan Seniuk and Volneak Sip, Seattle, Wash.Rocky Mang, a Cambodian hustler in 1990’s Seattle, spends his day slinging cheap cologne at the corner store between persistent attempts to convince a local barista to go on a date with him. (24 mins.) [*Judge’s Award: Special Mention]

“Vestibular Matching Soundtrack” by McKenzie Blake, Beaverton, Ore.Advances in technology also create linguistic rifts. Having been born largely deaf, a cochlear implant has provided the director access to sound, but at what cost? (9 mins.)

“Lost Winds” by Caryn Cline, Seattle, Wash.Plant materials taped directly onto the celluloid of 16 mm film and optically printed create unique rhythms, patterns, and images. (3 mins.)

“Time Well Spent” by Aaron Bourget, Seattle, Wash.
A hard-working artist is unfairly critiqued. (1 min.)

“Do We Leave This Here” by Julia Hutchings, Vancouver, B.C.
A journalist travels to the Peace River Valley to speak to residents about their community, which will soon be erased by the completion of a dam downstream. (17 mins.) [*Judge’s Award: Best Dram]

 “CultureTrauma” by Jodi Darby, Portland, Ore.
Using clips from Hollywood cinema, religious films, newsreels, and home movies, a reflection on what it means to have come of age in the 1970’s United States. (11 mins.)
[*Judge’s Award: Best Essay]

“A Mew Hope” by M. David Koesters, Portland, Ore.
A star fighter and her cat, who doubles as spaceship, must escape an army of soldiers in their own furry ships, or else face the wrath of pug planet. (5 mins.)

The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year.



Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: The Power of LOVE!

 “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

January 13 – 15, 2018
The Oregon Coast Love Coalition (OCLC) invites you to join us for the 2nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend celebrating his message of love, hope and unity.  The theme for this year is
“The Power of LOVE!”

Saturday, January 13th | 4:00pm
The weekend kicks off on Saturday, January 13th at 4:00pm with a showing of the documentary film, “No Joke ! ” at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church , 36050 10 th Street, Nehalem OR. The film tells the story of three clergymen — a Rabbi, an Imam, and a preacher — who forge a lasting friendship that doesn’t require abandoning the unique beliefs they each hold. These three men have learned the art of “staying in the room with difference,” the deep connection that comes from “being unusually interested in each other,” and the freedom that comes when we “stop comparing my best with your worst.” Following the film, we will share a meal and break bread together . We will then have a discussion using the World Café model: shaping our futures through conversations that matter. The discussion will be moderated by Pastor Steve Wolfe.
Sunday, January 14th | 6:00pm
Hoffman Center of the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
Join us for an evening of storytelling. In “Unsung Heroes: Th eir Lives, Their Stories” members of our community will take us on a journey into the lives of others who made a substantial impact to the civil rights movement: Ruby Bridges, Bayard Rustin, Fannie Lou Hammer, Howard Thurman, Andrew Goodman, Bernice Fisher, Claudette Colvin, Tracy Sims, Emmett Till, Willa Brown, Ella Baker and Mahalia Jackson. T he performance ( featuring songs of the movement by LaNicia Williams).
Monday, January 15th | 8:30am – 2:00pm
We will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a community day of service. The Oregon Coast Love Coalition is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide service within our community through Tillamook county Habitat’s Ramps & Rails Program which offers loans to qualifying seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans. For more information on qualifying for a loan through Habitat or having a home serviced, please email Cami Aufdermauer

If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer, please email LaNicia Williams at
We will have a continental breakfast for team members at each location. Following work, we will have a community lunch prepared by Jake Burden, owner of Offshore Grill Rockaway Beach, Oregon, at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church, 36050 10 th St., Nehalem OR. All events are free to the public and family friendly. Our sponsors include: Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church, Nehalem Lumber, Offshore Grill, Cash & Carry, and community and friends of Oregon Coast Love Coalition.

The Oregon Coast Love Coalition was founded in 2016 by LaNicia Williams to help create and foster a culture of inclusion in the communities of the Oregon Coast, so anyone can visit or live here and be respected regardless of race, economic standing, political or religious background, sexual orientation or dis ability status. The group is dedicated to creating an environment where differences are set aside for the common denominator of love and community.

Burning Man: Desert Dreams

Burning Man: Desert Dreams
Lloyd Lindley and David Newhouse
Thursday, December, 14 | 7pm
Admission $10

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host “Burning Man: Desert Dreams” – a special presentation by Lloyd Lindley and David Newhouse, Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

“The evening will take you on a magical journey into the desert dreamscape of the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada,” said “Yeti” Lindley, of Manzanita, and “Zoom” Newhouse, of Hillsboro. “Where you are always welcomed home as you arrive to begin your own journey of sight, sound, self expression, and wonder.”

Lindley has participated in Burning Man five times, Newhouse four.

Since its beginning on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in the summer of 1986, Burning Man’s attraction has grown year by year into a temporary global city of 80,000 people. “They all, in varying degrees, come to celebrate art making and free expression, contribute without expectations, and enjoy a sense of community and friendship unmatched in our default world,” said Lindley.

“We live in a default world. We get up everyday, do the things we do, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day and subsequent days onward. But for some of us, in mid-August, we are welcomed home to a desert dreamscape, an alternative lifestyle, city, community and world.”

Burning Man is described as “an expansive place guided by 10 principles — simple, complete, inclusive, participatory, generous, self reliant and self-expressive principles that enable each person to be the person they are instead of the person defined by their employment, social status, means, or material possessions.” The attendees are considered the contribution to the humane spectacle that is Burning Man.

The event’s name comes from its culminating act — the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy (“the Man”) that traditionally occurs on Saturday evening.

“Burning Man fashion and Burner wear are optional for our Manzanita presentation,” said Lindley.

The event is a fundraiser for the Hoffman Center. Admission will be $10.

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, 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

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



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

Fiber Arts Circle

Fiber Arts Circle
Begins Sunday, October 1
2pm – 4pm
Drop in fee: $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 694 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita, OR

Get to know others who share your
enthusiasm for fiber art!

Hoffman Center for the Arts invites all fiber artists working in spinning, weaving, felting, fabric, knitting, quilting, and more to gather on the first and third Sundays of each month.

For information contact Jeanine Rumble


Submission Period for North Coast Squid Opens on September 1, 2017

Submissions for the sixth North Coast Squid literary magazine will be accepted from September 1 through October 31, 2017. Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category (ages 18 and under).

All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art, photos and photos of sculptures will also be solicited for cover art and inside art, with final art chosen by a committee.

The North Coast Squid, a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Manzanita Writers Series, showcases the work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. The next issue will be published in March 2018.

Arthur Bradford will judge fiction. He is an O Henry Award winning writer with four books, the latest being a collection of short stories, Turtle Face and Beyond. Bradford is also creator and director of the acclaimed “How’s Your News?” documentary series, and the Emmy- nominated film, “Six Days to Air,” documenting the creating of the TV show South Park.

Andrea Hollander will judge poetry. She is author of four full-length award-winning poetry collections and has been awarded many fellowships. For twenty-two years she served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches workshops at the Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series.

Diana Abu-Jaber will judge nonfiction. She is author of six award-winning books, her latest being Life Without a Recipe. Her books have been listed in top books of the year by NPR, the Washington Post, LA Times and others. She teaches at Portland State University and divides her time between Portland and South Florida.

April Henry will judge young writers’ work. She is a New York Times-bestselling author of 21 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. She lives in Portland and will make a special visit to Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School and High School in October 2017 as part of her partnership with the Squid.

All work must be submitted electronically via the ‘submit’ button on the North Coast Squid page of the ( and must arrive by midnight on October 31, 2017.

Writers are invited to submit one piece per prose (fiction and nonfiction) category and three pieces for the poetry category. Word length for fiction and narrative nonfiction (including memoir) is 1,500 words each. All work must be previously unpublished.

Click here for complete submission guidelines.

Click here to visit our Submissions page.





The Shamanic Aspects of Death

“The Shamanic Aspects of Death:
How Other Cultures Approach Death’s Mysteries”

– a presentation by Lane deMoll for the Art of Aging/of Dying series

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
Fee is $5

 Death is a mystery that our culture has not dealt with very well. In fact we tend to “sweep it under the rug” as if by not talking about it, death will somehow not touch us personally. This has not served us, and may, in fact, be the root of a lot of psychological and social problems.

How do “native” shamanic cultures live with the knowledge of death and in many cases actually prepare themselves to die? There are those in Andean and Amazonian South America and Central America and Africa as well as India and other Buddhist & Hindu countries who treat death very differently than we do. So did the ancient Egyptians. Partly their perspectives and experience lie in their understanding that the soul lives on and returns to this world over and over. And partly it’s because they practice their deaths via initiation rites, vision quests, shamanic journeying, yoga asanas and more.

Join in a conversation with Lane deMoll who has been exploring this question for the past twenty years, especially in her visits to tombs and temples of ancient Egypt and on shamanic journeys to Peru, Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico.

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 Lane deMoll at