Seeking Volunteer Gardeners

We are seeking additional volunteers to join us in cleaning up and maintaining the beautiful Hoffman Garden for another season.  There will be 10 work parties beginning April 22, 2017 through early November when we ready the Garden for winter.  We work about two hours primarily in the late afternoon, from 3 to 5 PM.  May and July have work parties at the beginning and ending of each month in order to have the Garden looking nice for planned events.  The more people who volunteer the easier the work to maintain our lovely garden.

The next work party is Wednesday, May 3 2017 from 3 to 5 PM.

Each work party is ended with food and drink and time to socialize and relax.

The planned schedule is:

Wednesday, May 24th
Wednesday, June 21st
Friday, July 7th
Wednesday, July 26th
Wednesday, August 16th
Wednesday, Sept. 20th
Wednesday, Oct. 4th
Wednesday, Nov. 1st

Please join us for one or all of the work days.  If you would like additional information or would like to volunteer, please contact Madeline Olson at or Karen Babbitt at

Enjoy the Hoffman Gardens

garden volunteerWe’re encouraging community members to enjoy the Hoffman Gardens.

Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman, long time residents of Manzanita, donated their home to help start a center for arts and culture.  Earlier this year, due to its poor condition, the house was demolished and a dedicated crew of volunteers put in a variety of plantings, led by landscape designer, Karen Babbitt and Hoffman Center board member, Madeline Olson.

Volunteers still tend the Gardens, watering regularly during this spectacular summer weather, and pulling weeds.

The Hoffman Gardens will be made available for activities that fit in with the Hoffman Center’s mission to support artistic, cultural and educational activities, and the library.  Examples include art shows/sales, art classes/workshops, concerts, stage events, or library events.  The Hoffman Gardens will not be available for commercial or private purposes.

If you have an activity you’d like to hold in the Hoffman Gardens–or if you’d like to volunteer–contact us at and someone from the Gardens Committee will get back to you.  Meanwhile, feel free to wander through and take a peaceful pause from your busy day.

Thank you to Writers’ Series Volunteers!

coaster 14The Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Writers’ Series closed out 2012 in November with author Jen Violi drawing a good crowd and with eight great Open Mic readers including two first-timers.

Over the past 4-1/2 years the series has put on 42 evening events and 19 writing workshops. Many dedicated volunteers helped make it happen. We want to thank our regulars, Tela Skinner, Phyllis Mannan, Amy Pulitzer, Dave Dillon, and Brenda Smith. We also thank the many others who stepped in to help when we were short-handed at an event: Peggy Biskar, Elia Seely, Gary and Melinda Seelig, Holly Lorincz and others.

One of the key things that makes this event possible is the lodging donated to the featured authors. Thanks to the generosity of Ann Coleman and Margaret Moore for donating their houses this year and to Matt Gray for his coordinating efforts.

We thank Cloud & Leaf for providing book sales at the events.

And thanks of course to those of you who attended the readings. Without an engaged audience, we wouldn’t have a series. Authors often comment on how thrilled they were to have such interested attendees.

We partnered with the North Coast Citizen this year to publish our first community literary magazine, The North Coast Squid. We received many submissions for the 2013 Squid, which will be released at our first 2013 Writer’s Series event on February 16, 2013.

We continue to focus our efforts on getting the best possible featured authors to read and to host occasional workshops. We’re excited to have authors like Whitney Otto (of How to Make an American Quilt fame) and Patrick Dewitt (The Sister’s Brothers) along with a great slate of others joining us in 2013.

We encourage local writers to hone those original pieces of writing and practice them to read for five minutes at the Open Mic. We’ll run seven evening events in 2013. Think of that as seven deadlines to write something new!

Thanks for joining us in 2012. We hope to see you in 2013. Click here for our upcoming schedule. Also look for announcements in the North Coast Citizen and on the Manzanita Writers’ Series Facebook page.

Thanks, Kathie Hightower and Vera Wildauer
Co-founders of the Manzanita Writers’ Series