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AN ALL JURIED SHOW Guest Curator: Carl Annala June 4 – June 20

Carl AnnalaTHE CANNON BEACH GALLERY will be hosting an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, June 4, 2011 between 6-8P.M. for An All Juried Show curated by Carl Annala.

Born in McMinnville, Oregon into a musical family, Carl Annala is an arts professional hailing from the Portland area. He has exhibited his drawings and paintings at various galleries in the NW for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Art in Drawing from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from Portland State University. Annala is currently a Cultural Arts Program Supervisor at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro where he is the gallery director/curator. Jeweler, writer, dancer and rockstar are all titles he has enjoyed in the past.

The Juried Show program at the non-profit Cannon Beach Gallery is one of the unique offerings of the Cannon Beach Arts Association.  It provides both emerging and professional artists the opportunity to submit their original artwork for consideration by a guest curator.

CB Gallery Recruiting New Docents

ARE YOU AN ARTIST living on the Northern Oregon Coast?

Cannon Beach’s only non-profit gallery is recruiting new Docents for summer. If you are interested, consider coming to the Docent Meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 2pm to find out more information. Or call the Cannon Beach Gallery at 503-436-0744 and ask to speak with the director, Andrea Mace.

Docents work six hours a month at the desk, answering questions about our rotating exhibits and making sales. In trade, docents get to contribute to the vitality of the arts in the region by staffing a truly wonderful gallery that provides a venue for emerging and professional artists from all over the North West. In addition, Docents have unique opportunities to exhibit their artwork in the gallery and receive 10% off of all purchases.

The Cannon Beach Gallery is a program of the non-profit Cannon Beach Arts Association, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011.

Ilwaco Art Walk • Sat, June 19

OVER 15 Ilwaco businesses at the Port of Ilwaco, open their doors and welcome friends, neighbors and visitors with refreshments and art, the third Saturday of the month. This popular event features two raffles with free gifts from participating shops and restaurants. 100% of proceeds generated go to local non-profits and community organizations.  5:00 – 8:00 pm.  FMI: funbeach.com

Installation at PPP

Pier Pressure Productions ArtPPP participates in Astoria’s June Wine and Art Walk, Sat., June11 with a celebration of the artists who have opened shows at 260 10th Street since the opening of the theatre/gallery space in August 2010.  Karen Bain, Jerry Schell, Liz Hylton, Jennifer Goodenberger, Charlotte Bruhn, Kitty Paino, Terrie Remington, Becky Hitchin, and Rosie Bergeron will show representative pieces that explore a variety of mediums and methods. Dan Reiley provides original compositions.

Upstairs,  an installation by Rosemonde Stelladora, a reclusive and retiring individual who has studied art, religion, and theatre in Oregon, Nebraska, and Great Britain,.  Her piece, Wedding Weather Warnings is an homage to British sculptor Cathy De Monchaux’s work, Dangerous Fragility, American poet Sylvia Plath’s “The Applicant,” and recording artist Laurie Anderson’s Meltdown.  WWW is a turbulent fusion of fabrics, metals, plastics, glass, sound, and light.  This installation has been a work in progress for over 50 years, whispering on the periphery of the artist’s vision since 1959, making an appearance in bits and pieces from 1965 to 1997.  In 1983, some of the inspired impressions and images evolved into performance art presented at Clatsop Community College’s Performing Arts Center.  From 1997 to the present, the artist put away the thought of this installation until recently, when PPP presented itself as an appropriate venue for the physical exploration of this piece.

Bent Rabbit Multimedia Studios engineered the sound for this exhibit.

Flash Cuts – Movies & Musings

Summer popcorn season gets into full swing with Marvel rebooting its longest running superhero series, DC’s attempt at catching up, the last entry in the Transformers series, an R-rated bad role model comedy and a J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg sci fi that’s been shrouded in secrecy.

X-Men First ClassX-Men: First Class  (June 3) After three X-Men films and a maligned offshoot (Wolverine), Marvel has rebooted the series with a younger cast, hoping for a new trilogy, much like Paramount did with Star Trek two years ago.  Story is set in 1962 at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis and focuses on Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) before they became known as Professor X and Magneto.  As young mutants, Xavier and Lehnsherr are just coming into their powers of telekinesis and magnetic control.  Xavier and Lehnsherr seek out young mutants and found a mutant academy.  Though friends, Xavier and Lehnsherr have very different ideas about their differences with humans.  Xavier wants to show humans that mutants can be trusted, but Lehnsherr believes mutants are naturally superior.  The two join forces to prevent a nuclear catastophe, but in the process the former friends become the adversaries known as Professor X and Magneto.  Hugh Jackman makes a brief cameo as Wolverine.

Super 8Super 8 (June 10) The most closely-guarded secret of the summer is undoubtedly this J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration.  The first enigmatic trailer appeared more than a year ago depicted a train wreck in a small town.  And something is trying to get out of an overturned car.  Abrams, the creator of the TV conundrum Lost and the unseen monster movie Cloverfield, is the master of withholding information.  So perhaps it’s no surprise that plot details are scarce, but what has emerged seems very much a Spielberg (who’s producing)/Abrams melding, like E.T. crossed with Cloverfield.  In 1979, in a small Ohio town a group of teenagers are making a super-8 home movie when a train overturns, unleashing something that wreaks death and destruction in their town.  The train turns out to be a military train bound from Area 51 transporting secrets, one of which escapes in the perhaps not accidental crash.  Elle Fanning toplines mostly no-name cast.

Green LanternGreen Lantern (June 17) With Marvel rolling out three superhero movies this summer (Thor, X-Men: First Class, Captain America) in their leadup to The Avengers movie,  DC Comics found itself playing catchup and is only now bowing its first second-tier superhero movie, preferring to concentrate on Batman and Superman first.  Basically an origin story, Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, a cocky Air Force test pilot who is the first human to be selected one of the Green Lantern Corp, an intergalactic order of warriors sworn to keep peace.  When the nemesis of the Corp, Parallax, appears the  Corp turns to newest Green Lantern to save the universe.  Strong supporting cast includes Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett and Tim Robbins.  Early buzz on the 150M production has not been good, one industry insider describing it as “troubled.”  Reports of reshoots and a rush to finish effects do not bode well for the film.

Bad TeacherBad Teacher (June 24) Columbia has followed up on their 2003 worst-possible role model R-rated comedy Bad Santa with Bad Teacher.  Cameron Diaz stars as Elizabeth Halsey, the worst seventh grade teacher imaginable whose only ambition is to find a rich man to take care of her.  In the meantime, Elizabeth curses out her students, and abuses substances, all the while waiting for her rich boyfriend to marry her so she can get quit her gig.  But after being dumped, Elizabeth sets her sights on rich, handsome substitute Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) while simultaneously fending off the advances of an irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel).  While saving up for a boob job, Elizabeth finds herself in a competition for Scott’s affections with the an energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch), who happens to be the best teacher in school.  After nearly going out of existence, R-rated comedies seem to be making a comeback this summer with the two hits Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II doing boffo business.  Columbia hopes for a third.

Transformers: Dark Side of the MoonTransformers: Dark of the Moon (June 29) Although universally reviled as films, Michael Bay’s Transformers series has raked in over $1.5B worldwide box office.  Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be the last in the series.  Shia LaBeouf and all the principals return except for Megan Fox, whose character has been written out.  English model Rosie Huntington-Whitely has the tough assignment of Sam’s squeeze.  Synopsis: The Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends.

Manzanita Writers Series – Jennifer Lauck Found: A Memoir

FoundJENNIFER LAUCK reads from her new book Found: A Memoir at the Manzanita Writers’ Series event at 7pm on Saturday, June 18, at the Hoffman Center. Found is the long awaited sequel to the 2000 international bestseller Blackbird: A Childhood Lost & Found which was featured on Oprah and an international bestseller. Blackbird was translated into 22 languages and hit the bestseller lists in London, Ireland and Spain as well as in the United States.

Blackbird was written in the voice of a little girl who attempts to make sense of a world where parents die and children fall through the cracks and are left homeless. Found is written in the voice of a confident woman determined and thus destined to find inner peace, lasting happiness and sense of the familiar.

Jennifer Lauck, with humor, clarity and urgency takes her readers on a thrilling quest that leads her first into motherhood and then into the complex spiritual traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, where Lauck discovers great masters, great teachings and the great truth of who she is. Lauck finally ends her journey when she finds her natural mother—the one who gave her life and gave her away with the hope that she would have a better life.

Jeniifer LauckLauck has published two other memoirs, a novel and a book on writing memoir. She traveled throughout Northern Europe to speak about her writing. Lauck was given the Book Sense 76 award and was featured in Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, Talk Magazine, People, Glamour and Writer’s Digest. She was a select USA Today pick and nominated for two Oregon Book Awards.

Before becoming a memoir writer, speaker and teacher, Lauck worked for many years in television news for ABC affiliates from Montana to Oregon. Her investigative journalism reports appeared on CNN and the ABC Nightly News.

WORKSHOP: Saturday, June 18, Lauck will teach a workshop on Scene Writing for all genres from 10-3 at the Hoffman Center, located at 594 Laneda Ave in Manzanita.  FMI: hoffmanblog.org online or contact Kathie Hightower, 503-739-1505; kathie@jumpintolife.net.

Missed Connections #3

You even looked a bit like Shelley,
but you don’t remember it correctly.
That night, the fiery hour had elongated itself. It wasn’t 6 April,
it was the same day Helen began her workbook for students.

Again, Love needed two more for his quota of quivers,
though there were 98 names behind the rains.
We were not in church, I was just trying to listen when deft Love
made that red slice on your sweater from arm to arm.

I did not see his bow let loose the world from all I thought it was.
He must have retreated beyond that bright band of motley horses behind us.
Imagine my surprise when I found fletching in my breast pocket!

We had written to each other from inside the pit –
It was that yaw and pitch of Love’s fixed wings, not stars or dreams,
that ushered us down rows and made you match my pace.

That instant my eyes failed me for lack of a simple veil.

Petrarch and Laura

Laura Brooks conducts the Astoria Poetry Workshop, meeting each Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Studio 11, 11th and Duane St., 18+, $5

 

MATT LOVE At the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

Gimme RefugeOregon author and columnist Matt Love will be at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum at 1pm on June 18 as part of the museum’s Great Speaker series. His topic will be Gimme Refuge: the Education of a Caretaker, the title of his latest book.

In 1998, Love, at age 33, became caretaker of the 600-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where he served until 2008. In that decade, he helped restore the grounds to fuller ecology, discovered a love for teaching, and reinvented himself as a writer and historian. Gimme Refuge is his passionate account of his teaching career, experience as caretaker, and awakening as an Oregonian.

Love is the author/editor of The Beaver State Trilogy, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon’s Sesquicentennial Anthology, Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town and Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker. He’s a regular contributor to the Oregonian, Oregon Coast Today and writes the “On Oregon” blog for Powells.com. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach with his dog and teaches English and journalism at Newport High School.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR’S Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush at Seaside Library

THE FRIENDS OF THE SEASIDE LIBRARY welcome bestselling author’s Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush, on Thursday, June 16, 7pm. The two sisters will discuss their Wicked Series as well as their individual bestsellers.  The event will take place in the Community Room and book sales and signings will be presented by Beach Books.

Lisa began writing at the urging of her sister, novelist Nancy Bush, and was inspired by the success of authors she admired as well as the burgeoning market for romance fiction.  Nancy was convinced they could work together and succeed.  They sat down, determined to write and be published.  They did and they were.

Initially they worked together.  Later, they moved in different directions.  Lisa brought more suspense to her work, while Nancy’s writing expanded to include novels and script writing for All My Children.  In February of 2009 they worked together again on Wicked Game and this May the latest in the series Wicked Lies was published.  Lisa is the author of more than 75 novels and Nancy has published 30 novels, and penned many young adult romance novels for Silhouette Books.

Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway, across from the Youth Center and Swimming Pool. FMI: (503)738-6742 or visit us at www.seasidelibrary.org and www.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary.

Adults need inspiration too!

Driftwood Library in Lincoln City has a scheme to get folks reading

DRIFTWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY is excited to be hosting a Summer Reading Program for adults this year.  Like the kids’ Summer Reading Club, this program will invite adults to sign up to track their reading over the months of June and July.  Participants will be given a special book they can use to keep track of what they’ve read and they can earn prizes as they reach certain goals.  For each book read they will also qualify to enter into a drawing to be held at the end of the program (prizes will be gift certificates from local businesses). The more books participants read, the more chances they earn toward one of the grand prizes!

ReadingWhen asked why the library thought a Summer Reading Program for adults was necessary, Circulation Supervisor Ken Hobson answered, “Adults sometimes need a little extra encouragement to read too, especially to read for pleasure.  We hope that with the enticement of silly prizes and the opportunity to attend summer author programs not geared toward kids, adults who have difficulty finding the time to read for pleasure might be encouraged to sit down for an hour with that book they’ve always wanted to read instead of in front of the TV for summer reruns. As the demands of life increase through adulthood, we forget the pleasures books offer as other things distract us. Understandably, even avid readers lose the habit of reading.  We’re hoping we can help adults rediscover the singular pleasure of getting lost in a story. This is just a fun, gentle nudge back in the right direction.” Hobson added that while this year’s program will be a scaled-back affair compared to the spectacular program Children’s Coordinator Teena Nelson puts together for kids each summer, the hope is that the library can gauge interest in the community for such a program. “If the interest is there, and we can consider this year a success, then certainly we will expand it over the coming years.”

The Adult Summer Reading Program will start on Sunday, June 5th at 3pm when Oregon writer Cathy Lamb visits the library to talk about her work.  Cathy is the author of four successful novels, her newest novel, First Day of the Rest of My Life will be released in late July.

Those who wish to take part in the program can come hear Cathy, learn details about the program and sign up to take part in it. Those not wishing too take part in the program are also welcome to come hear Cathy speak. The fun will end in late July with another author visit (details to be announced).

FMI:  Ken Hobson at the library either by phone (541-996-1242) or via email at kenh@lincolncity.org.  801 SW Highway 101, on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building in Lincoln City.

Health & Wellness Shorts

Permanent Cosmetic Makeup Services now available in Lower Columbia Region
Permanent  cosmetic makeup is a non-surgical method  of applying colored pigment  to enhance eyes, lips, and eyebrows with a soft, natural finish that looks like perfectly applied makeup.

Permanent cosmetics can beautifully define facial features, correct the appearance of many imperfections, and improve your overall appearance.  Offering a new kind of personal freedom, permanent cosmetics will make your life easier.  Particularly beneficial to busy professionals, those with little or no time to apply makeup, allergy sufferers, or anyone who has difficulty applying cosmetic products – the results are always the same – perfectly applied, waterproof color that always looks fresh and beautiful!

If you always want to look your best, gain self-esteem, and feel beautiful 24 hours a day – you may be the perfect candidate for a fresh new look that can start now and last for many years.

Call For Your Consultation:  Darcy Wiegardt, Permanent Cosmetics Technician licensed & Certified. Located at Medical Spa LaCost, 1428 Commercial St. Astoria, 503-338-5555.

First ENCORE Happy Hour Evening
A fun gathering at the Baked Alaska’s ‘Happy Hour’ from 4 to 6pm is planned for Sunday, June 12.  Baked Alaska is located on the Columbia River at #1 12th Street, Astoria,OR.

  Baked Alaska will exceed your expectations with their $3.00 food menu plus $3.00 beer and well drinks. You can have alcohol or not as your choice of beverage.

  Please come for our first happy hour event overlooking the Columbia, where the Pilot Boats are docked, and  enjoy visiting with fellow members, for an  inexpensive Sunday Supper. Membership is not required, guests are welcome if interested in the organization and are retired or semi-retired adults 50 years old and over. We will meet in the Discovery Room.

Kathleen Hudson is the coordinator. If you have questions please call Kathleen at 503 861-2802, or Paula Duncan at Clatsop Community College toll free  1 866-252-8767.  “20 Questions” will be our entertainment and educational challenge for Sunday,  June 12 at 5:30 P.M.

ENCORE – Exploring New Concepts Of Retirement Education: is an association of retirement age people who share a love of learning.A variety of interesting and informative classes are offered during Fall, Winter and Spring terms, following the calendar of Clatsop Community College, the sponsor of the group.  The classes are taught by volunteers and there is no homework, no tests – only enjoyment and education.  For information about ENCORE, see the web site, www.encorelearn.org, or call Paula Duncan, Liason, 503-338-2408 or email Paula at pduncan@clatsopcc.edu.

Each month on the first Tuesday of the month members and their guests are invited to meet for a no-host lunch, one month in Astoria, and alternate months in Seaside or “south county”. – All members are welcome to attend and to bring a guest.

Tuesday, the 7th, is the date for June LUNCH BUNCH and will be held in Astoria at Fultano’s Pizza Restaurant, 620 Olney Ave, Astoria. (503-325-2855).  Members are asked to dredge up their memories of their first encounters with pizza!  Come prepared to tell your tale.

WANTED:  Artists and Instructors to Teach Summer Term June 26th through September 3rd
Tolovana Arts Colony is currently recruiting instructors to lead outstanding arts, fitness, cultural, and other leisure classes for the upcoming summer term.  Would you like to share your art or interest with residents and visitors to the North Oregon Coast?  Please email your request for an application packet to tolovanaartscolony@gmail.com.  Completed applications are due June 6th for the summer term.  Classes are held at Tolovana Hall in Cannon Beach, OR.

Community organizations are also welcome to request use of the hall for meeting use.  There is no cost to instructors or community organizations for use of the hall.  Tolovana Hall is owned by the City of Cannon Beach and managed by Tolovana Arts Colony, a non-profit arts organization, dedicated to providing year-round arts education and supporting the efforts of local working artists.

Menu of Earthly Delights – Longevity in Manzanita

Longevity in Manzanita

Jamie Ehrke, Proprietor

There is something truly self-nurturing and sensual about being rubbed with warm oil—chosen specifically for one’s unique combination of energies—and then soothed with hot towels. Or perhaps hot stones and shells placed on the body to facilitate relaxation, or a massage accompanied by therapeutic and aromatic essential oils. Follow with a yoga class, tonifying elixir, or stimulating browse through a boutique bursting with mindfully chosen treats to nurture body and soul.

Where and what is this paradise of nurturance? LONGEVITY in Manzanita . . . your friendly neighborhood yummy place!

Longevity, “a place to relax and rejuvenate,” is the lovingly crafted business of long-time North coaster Jamie Ehrke. Located in a beautifully remodeled historic building in downtown Manzanita, Longevity offers massage, yoga, unique shopping, and an elixir bar. Like many coastal business folk, Ehrke found her way to her livelihood via a circuitous route.

She studied sustainable agriculture and political economy at Evergreen College in Washington. She then moved to Nehalem with former partner Hank Tallman, a coastal native and co-founded Lunasea Gardens. Departure from that endeavor brought her to the usual round of coastal work. Restaurant jobs, landscaping, all good jobs at the time that allowed her to take care of her young son and stay in the communities she loved. And, there came a time when Ehrke knew that she wanted a different life.

“I had always wanted to do something in healing arts field. I just had an ‘aha’ moment after seeing a flyer in Portland for East/West Massage School and said, that’s what I’ll do. And I just went and did it. I knew that I would like it but it turns out that I love it and am passionate about it! I’ve found my niche.”

Although Ehrke wasn’t necessarily intending to start a business like Longevity, events flowed in that direction and here she finds herself. She took over an existing business, Parinamah, but changed the services significantly and put her own brand on the opportunities offered. Like many coastal businesses, Longevity caters to the tourist trade as well as to year round residents. And while the three-village area doesn’t lack yoga, massage, and spa opportunities, Longevity has its own special vibe. “It’s casual, comfortable, and nurturing. People feel that,” Ehrke says.

Yoga and massage are the emphasis. The beautiful studio can accommodate up to 12 students per class, so yogis are assured of an intimate setting with a great teacher to student ratio. For summer the studio will offer 2-3 yoga classes every day. A variety of styles and levels give plenty of options. The massage menu is truly inspiring, with everything from the standard Swedish or deep tissue massage to Abhyanga Ayurvedic massage (of aforementioned warmed oils and towels!), Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Chakra Balancing or pregnancy massage. Longevity massage therapist Christina Pyktel has developed a line of chakra specific products, including oils that can be used in massage. Both she and Ehrke have a robust list of local massage clients and found themselves completely booked throughout the tourist season last year.

Longevity boasts two lovely massage rooms—one that accommodates couples or friends wanting to enjoy individual massages in the same room—and a cozy spot for hanging out and enjoying an herbal elixir. The artisan boutique showcases wares by seven local artists, including jewelry, pottery, found and visual art. Also shop for regional fair trade beauty products and fabulous socks, as well as yoga wear and accessories. The experience is delicious all the way round. Skip the ice cream and give yourself a real summer treat: a few hours of self-nurturance. Your body will thank you!

Longevity is located at 123 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. Tel: (503) 368-3800 Email: info@longevitymanzanita.com. Web: www.longevitymanzanita.com.

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Violinist Kim Angelis at the Coaster • June 19

Kim Angelis
Violin Virtuoso and Composer Kim Angelis performs a concert at 3pm, on June 19 at the Coaster Theater in Cannon Beach.  The Astoria-based artist known admiringly in the region as the Gypsy Violinist, Angelis is an internationally acclaimed violinist who has successfully transcended artistic boundaries – the music is built on a solid classical foundation, but the inspiration flows freely from the Romany Diaspora of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Spain. Angelis’ brilliant compositions showcase the beauty, power, and excitement of her playing. Jean Bartlett, managing editor of Ink Notes, writes, “Angelis… literally sings each string like a gypsy poet. Through breathtaking cadenzas and tender passages. … it is her own composed music which constantly brings the audience to their feet because it is of earth and yet not.”

The passionate music of Kim Angelis has been featured on network TV, PBS, NPR, and during the 2000 Olympics, when world champion gymnast Kui Yuanyuan of China used Kim’s music for her floor exercise. For ten years, Angelis’ first CD, Violin Voyager, resided on the Taiwanese Billboard charts. The film Sweet Nothings features her music, which was nominated for Best Original Score by the California Independent Film Society and Best Score by the International Independent Film Tour. Her 1996 CD, Esperanza, was selected as a “Choice Recording” by Strings magazine and received a nomination by Just Plain Folks for Best Instrumental Album. Kim’s 2005 release, Gypsy’s Odyssey, made Top Ten lists from Santa Cruz, CA, to Herford, Germany. In 2007, her song, “Zingaro!” won Global Rhythm Magazine’s international songwriting competition. In 2009, the violinist’s music was once again heard throughout the international sports scene, as Junior World Champion gymnast Amelia Racea of Romania performed her floor routines to a Kim Angelis recording.

A NEW RELEASE
The Prophecy, A Gypsy’s Journey. 2011
Kim Angelis continues to breath life and soul into her majestic violin compositions. The Prophecy is 11 tracks, inspired by the Book of Isaiah., and each track on the CD, Angelis relates to a passage and to personal stories.

Recorded at Moody Studios in Los Angeles, and Big REd Studio in Corbett, OR, Angelis is joined by numerous instrumentalists, adding paino, clarinet , accordion, percussion, oud, her husand Josef Gault on guitar, and a second flemenco guitarist Ciro Hurtado.

Utilizing diverse instrumentation, and arrangements, Angelis brilliantly colors and enhances  the stories she tells through the single instrument, her voice, the violin.  Whether there was added arrangement,  or even the accompanying stories within the CD package, Angelis interprets the tale single-handedly.

The inimitable warmth and flair that project from her violin, dance, cry, and soar.  Each composition develops a strong and memorable theme, the violin leading the way.

However, the arrangements enhance and surprise. Track 2,  Seven Trees, beigns with a sultry clarinet, that then playfully chases  the violin through the tune. Track 5, Isaiah 53, is a beautiful duet between piano and violin, with the meanderings of the kanun (a zither type instrument). As well the piano enahnces the meloncholic, and highly expresive Track 8, Astoria Gloria —  here Angelis represents  the muted grey Astoria sky in a haunting reverie, and dynamically opens up the sky to silver light, with the virtuosic use of the bow.

Angelis will perform new works at the concert, accompanied by flemenco guitarist Josef Gault. Her lastest effort is a complex set of compositions, but never without the free spirit flowing, and the pieces that are the dance. Joining Angelis are belly dancers Jessamyn Grace and Erika McKay, of the Astoria Arts and Movement Center.  CD Purchase at www.skysong.com.
$10 Admission. 108 N. Hemlock, Cannon Beach. 3pm

MANAFEST Alternative Music Festival • Astoria, June 17–19

Astoria’s alternative music festival impresario is Nick Stephens. Stephens has been organizing music events the last several years, his mission to provide a venue for creative musicians and an all ages audience. He sites that his inspiration to create music gatherings of this nature draws from former Astorian creative/musician Jona Bechtolt who successfully produced his low key events called CATCH THAT BEAT, that attracted a good crowd of hipsters to the region, to enjoy a weekend of music making.

This will be a music-filled weekend in Astoria, where opera, Scandinavian Folk and alternative/rock music converge. MANAFEST will appear at Shively Hall, the Blue Scorcher, on the Astoria Sunday Market stage, and other locations TBA. Look out.

Now the music listings will look like this:

Friday June 17 • 5-10$ cover
Shively Hall 7pm-12midnight
1530 Shively Park Rd
• cat stalks bird (PDX experimental rock)
• Unicorn Denomination (PDX dancetech)
• I only draw monsters (Seaside local hard
rock)
• Unkle Funkle (Comedycore)

Saturday June 18th
Crossfades: 1331 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR- FREE 5pm
• Changeable Light Bulb (KMUN dj Jed, playing “wierdness”)

Saturday June 18 5-10$ cover
Shively Hall 7pm-12midnight
1530 Shively Park Rd
• Kites at Night (Astoria electro rock )
• Star Craving (Astoria funtimes)
• Saucy Yoda (PDX partycore)
• Mythological horses (Rock)
•  White Fang (Original Classic Rock)

Sunday June 19 • 8am-4ish
The Blue Scorcher, Tide Rock, Astoria Sunday Market Stage. FREE  SOUP.
• Leafeater (PDX powerpop)
• Davis Hooker (Chehailis,Triumphant folk)
• Geena Barker (Cannon Beach folk)
• Taylor Holmes (San Fransisco pop songs)
• Titan and the Pygmy (Sitar and drums songs)

More information about Sunday shows available at the 17th and 18th shows, and in forthcoming Manafest brochures available at the Blue Scorcher Bakery in Astoria.

The fund raiser for this festival is http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/4992032/mana-fest-2011.

Tthe facebook event page is http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=166010786788627.

Brownsmead Flats CD Release – Strings & Yarns: It’s Vintage Flats!

The Brownsmead Flats

The Flats at Big Red Studio in Portland.

The Brownsmead Flats’ latest CD, Strings & Yarns, just out, is vintage Flats. A mixture of originals with a sprinking of traditional songs arranged by the band, the subject matter is local – politics, history, water and family. The album is dedicated to bassist John Fenton’s wife Carol, who died recently in an accident in Mexico. She also wrote one of the songs on the CD, Porch Swing. The CD’s cover features a photo of a tapestry that was presented to the band by a fan – hence the CD’s title, a reference to the cover tapestry and the type of music they play and instruments they use.

Though the timing of the new release coincides with Astoria’s bicentennial, the only song written specifically for the big birthday is harmonica player Ned Heavenrich’s song, Shines and Glows, according to Ray Raihala, the band’s newest member, and the only Clatsop County native. Raihala wrote two of the album’s songs, Generic Historic Anniversary Song, where you can fill in any of the myriad anniversaries that we’ve celebrated recently or will in the near future, and Ballad of the Peter Iredale, celebrating one of those anniversaries, the 100th of the beaching of the Peter Iredale in 1906, on Clatsop Spit.

“The band has evolved to sing about historical happenings,” said Raihala, and the new CD contains many examples, including Heavenrich’s Recall, which tells about the recent recalls of several Clatsop County commissioners, and guitarist Robert Stevens’ The Vortex, which tells the story of a man who witnessed the selling of Fort Astor to the English during the War of 1812, went upriver to do some business, and came back to Astoria, only to find that the fort was now a brewery with the English moniker Fort George.

The band does an a cappella version of Long Beach, Washington resident Mary Garvey’s Astoria Bar on Strings & Yarns, highlighting the Flats’ tight harmonies, featured during their many local concerts. They use a single old-style microphone for voices on stage, which helps the band members to hear each other, and presents an interesting choreography for the audience, according to Raihala, as each soloist bends in for his part, while the others sink back.

The Flats’ fiddler, Dan Sutherland, who also plays mandolin and hammered dulcimer, wrote two songs on the new album, Sail Away Sister and Somebody’s Baby. The album is rounded out with a couple traditional songs, the ever popular Cotton Eyed Joe (with Over the Waterfall) and the sea shanty John Kanaka.

Strings & Yarns was recorded at Billy Oskay’s Big Red Studio in Portland, in four 12-hour sessions. Previous Flats’ albums were self-produced, so this one was quite a step up, according to Raihala. This is the Flats’ 5th album. Potluck was produced in 1996, followed by Rain in 1999. In 2006, they released two recordings. The first, Astoria, features numerous compositions that explore Astoria, its history and topics related to the Columbia-Pacific region. The second, Live at the Liberty, was recorded at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, as part of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration.

The Brownsmead Flats started playing together when the band members all converged on Brownsmead in the 1970s as what Raihala called “young marrieds” who wanted to try out the rural Oregon experience. They came from Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan and California, built their own houses, and started families. The community had (and still has) frequent potlucks, and music was/is a big part of them. Though each of the band members had played in a band previously, none had really done what the Flats’ website calls “crabgrass”, a folk/bluegrass style centered on this area’s geography. The band’s first album, Potluck, took the name of the venue where it all began.

Strings and YarnsRaihala joined the band about 15 years ago. At the time the band formed initially, Raihala was on the road much of the year, eeking out a living playing in a cover band. When that band broke up, he started playing with the Flats more often, and still does.

All the band members have day jobs and practice typically one day a week. They’ve played at the Northwest Folklife Festival, the Tumbleweed Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up (right after 9/11), and opened for the Kingston Trio at the Liberty Theater a few years ago. In addition to the current members, pianist and guitarist Jennifer Goodenberger has played with the Flats in the past.

Raihala attributes the band’s longevity to the fact that they “enjoy the process, get along well, and love the creative expression in music.” He says, “We’re always on a point on the road; it’s a journey, not a destination.” Going on 25 years together, with no end in sight, the Brownsmead Flats should be around for a while.

Don’t miss the CD release party at (where else) Fort George Brewery on Saturday, June 4th at 8 pm. Other upcoming concerts include two Summerfest dates, June 18th and July 16th in Long Beach; the Astoria Sunday Market on July 3rd; the Ilwaco Timberland Library on July 28th; and one of the band’s favorite venues, McGandy Park in Lacey, WA on August 28th. Pick up the Flats’ new CD at Bach & Rock in Astoria, also: www.brownsmeadflats.com.

Sauna – My roots, my therapy and my Saturday night

Sauna

Diane Ring Johnson’s sauna. She heartily recommends you build your own - read on!

A FARM IN NASELLE was my childhood home. Our Finnish family rounded out each week with a communal Saturday night sauna, a ritual that found us perched like towel-draped chickens, sweating together in a cedar henhouse-like structure. A wood stove was banked with coals that, in turn, heated rocks that rested above the coals. By dashing the rocks with cold water, great spattering sounds and vast clouds of volcanic steam were emitted. Ahhhhhhhh. Those who sat on upper benches received the largest blasts of heat and sweated out more toxins than the bathers below. Cold showers flavored with pine tar soap completed the experience, closed our pores and revived us through next Saturday night.

In Naselle, sauna stories still abound. Take the story of the two new city teachers who had been imported into the valley. Accordingly, the young women were initiated in the art of sauna. Instructions: “If it gets too hot in there, just throw water on the rocks.” Which they did. According to lore, the miserably hot teachers continued dashing the rocks with water. When, at last they were overwhelmed by the heat and steam, they bolted in their natural states into an appreciative audience of local pranksters.

Moving back to the Astoria/Peninsula area was almost satisfaction enough for one who had been far afield for many years. Incorporating one of the most nostalgic elements of childhood has completed the return journey. Uppermost on the resettling Feel Good list was the sauna (said with a fond sigh). Building it myself doubled the giddiness factor.

Actual construction of my sauna was completed over the course of one winter. Preparation, however, took a years worth of gleaning. The outbuilding, an excellent 8’ x 10’ structure,  existed as a tool shed in the back yard. While the Finnish tend to use plentiful birch, we Northwestern colonists substitute birch for abundant cedar. Cedar boards used in the interior came from many sources, mostly discards from scrapheaps. Once used cedar shakes and shingles, used on interior and exterior walls, were found abandoned as well. Pieces of my oak dining table were recycled as curved guards to protect against bodily contact with the sauna stove. The outer door was a found, broken screen door; the interior door I built from used cedar boards. A small window was a cast off, added to cleanse the room of humidity and sweat after bathing. The window also adds a bit of light to the cedar box structure and staves off feelings of claustrobia. Two vents, necessary for proper air conduction, were ancient gifts of small wooden shutters from The Sea Chest art gallery. The total cost of the project was further kept to a minimum by purchasing a brightly enameled red scratch-and-dent Finnlandia sauna stove at half of the original price. New materials included exactly ten new cedar fence boards, three rolls of insulation material, countless sandpaper discs and gross quantities of nails.  It warms the heart, as well as heats the sauna, to realize the potential of using used, going green, and staying true to the frugal Finn within.

Building an old country sauna was, ironically, accomplished via the new age internet. My plans, researched online, stayed true to traditional layouts and features such as ventilation requirements that have been used throughout time in Finland. A dilemma common to sauna enthusiasts is often the heat source. Electric or wood? Wood or electric? This is a major core decision. Modern Finns have flocked to the conveniences afforded by the electric heater. In addition to shaving off labor intensive hours of stocking wood and burning it to the requisite temperature, neolithic sauna bathers preset their electronic controls to the precise hour when they roll in from their day’s work, ready for relaxation.

Contemporary touches also include the addition of aroma therapies derived from birchwood and pine. These scents, or others of the bather’s choice, infuse the water used in dousing the hot rocks.  ‘Going electric’ means missing out on the authentic essence of wood smoke. To compensate and borrow from the old ways of double-duty sauna usage (hanging meat to cure inside the hot space), I load my Little Chief smoker with brined fish, place it inside the sauna, and allow the smells of smoking fish to permeate the cedar walls. The result is heady, not fishy, smokey-wood-chip-aromatic, as well as practical, sauna scent.

Sauna

Diane's sauna awaits.

It was wrenching to watch the recent closing and gutting of The Union Steam Baths.  Situated amidst the canneries and docks of Astoria’s Uniontown, the Baths had served laborers and lovers of sauna since 1928.  Throughout those years, the “Hottest Spot in Town” was a highlight of my trips back home. It is still wondrous to conjure up its aromas of fresh linens, cedar cooling-off rooms and the sweetness of Ivory soap. Pulling on a wooden peg emitted more steam from the diesel boilers into the vast tiled and tiered bathing areas. Buckets of cold water provided rinses and sealed pores between hot steams.  Before the demise of The Union Steam Baths, a porn shop opened and operated on the second floor, just above the Baths. The juxtaposition of the squeaky clean and the smutty was odd and reprehensible to many but failed to deter those who loved the experience of the baths.

If you love the idea of sharing the events of the week in an intimately communal manner, if you desire the benefits of weekly exfoliating and detoxing, or if you long for nostalgia and dreadfully miss The Union Steam Baths, consider building your own unique sauna. I will happily offer encouragement and building advice through e-mail……….just don’t expect to hear from me on Saturday nights; I am enjoying my sauna.
Diana Ring Johnson’s email: health2000_us@yahoo.com.

Note: Naselle, Washington is a small community that lies 15 minutes NE of Astoria. It is the site of a large semi-annual Finnish Festival that celebrates the rich heritage of its founders.

Legislative Update

From the Trenches: play “Taps” in May for many a good bill

APRIL might be the cruelest month, but it’s got nothing on May in the Legislature. May was a month of deadlines, and, as a result, it’s the month in which bills died by the hundreds. Many of those bills never had a chance of passing in the first place, and by May 31st, their fate became official: toast. Policy committees ended all work on June 1st, so unless a bill had been passed out of committee or moved to one of the non-policy committees (Rules, Revenue or Ways and Means), the bill was dead for this session.

May’s work centered around holding any remaining public hearings and then scheduling work sessions so that committees could vote on the bill, as well as deal with amendments. By May 23rd, bills that had not been scheduled for a work session were done for 2011. Hence, throughout May, a common refrain heard in testimony before committees was “I urge you to schedule this bill for a work session”. The usual committee response was to smile, thank the witness for their testimony, and say nothing more.

In the first three months of the session, a rhythm had been established that carried everyone through the day: Committee hearings, floor sessions, more committee hearings, and, in between, people meeting in offices, hallways and even the basement cafeteria. In May, all that ended as bill sponsors and supporters (and, conversely, opponents) scrambled to get their bill to a committee vote so it might survive. The work in June is to complete work on bills and, more importantly, pass the remaining budgets.

The first of the major budgets, for education, happened in April; the others probably won’t be completed until the end of the session, possibly the last few days. Sen Betsy Johnson is a member of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee; she works on social service issues rather than education, so her efforts are still undergoing. She did acknowledge that getting the education budget done early got one of the most contentious issues “off the table” far earlier than in any previous legislative session.

“As a budget writer,” she said in a phone interview, “this is the busiest phase for me.” Some of the budgets nearing completion include ODOT and public safety. Human services is facing some of the most severe cuts due to the projected revenue shortfall of $3.5 billion the state faces in 2011-13. Sen Johnson said that she and members of the Ways and Means Subcommittee On General Government, which she co-chairs, are hopeful they can “close some of the holes”.

When the State Economist delivered his forecast for the coming years on May 12th, it appeared the state would have $40-80 million more than previously anticipated. In addition, not all reserve funds have been allocated. A variety of options to use additional funds are being developed to curtail some of the more drastic cuts facing vulnerable populations throughout the state. It’s not likely that a clear picture will emerge on what programs will be preserved and which will be cut until late in June.

Redistricting finally took center stage in May with the release of the initial maps. Both parties released their proposals for state and Congressional districts; all versions ran into serious critiques. The Democrats have already dropped a version that would have moved CD 3, now represented by Earl Blumenauer, extend far up the Columbia River towards the coast. Rep Boone is attempting to keep Tillamook County in a single district, something the proposals would change. The Legislature is hoping to come up with a set of maps both parties can agree on. As with most redistricting efforts, that is unlikely, meaning the Secretary of State will end up drawing new state House and Senate lines and a judicial panel the Congressional lines.

(The various redistricting maps are available on the Legislature’s website: http://www.leg.or.us/redistricting.)

One of the outcomes of passing the final deadlines to move bills forward is that planning begins immediately for the 2012 session. As one of Rep Boone’s legislative assistants noted, anyone who has an idea for a bill for next year should begin work now. The process is lengthy, and getting from idea to law is far more complicated than we learned from Schoolhouse Rock. Even good bills can take several sessions to pass; Rep Boone has been working on a bill to support 911 service, but was unable to get it passed. The idea is not dead — she will be part of a work group that will bring the bill back in 2012 — and this experience is not uncommon. All three legislators and their staff are glad to meet with citizens to talk about ideas for future legislation.

But wait until July. This Legislature has a few more weeks to go.


Modernizing the Bottle Bill: It’s a Pass.

REP. BEN CANNON (D-Portland) hailed the Senate passage of a major update to Oregon’s pioneering Bottle Bill.  HB 3145B, chief sponsored by Rep. Cannon and Rep. Vicki Berger (R-Salem), represents the most significant expansion of the Bottle Bill since Oregon adopted the redemption system in 1971.

“With today’s vote, the Bottle Bill is finally on its way to the 21st Century,” said Rep. Cannon.  “By expanding the redemption system to cover all beverage containers, we will save more than 72 million containers per year from landfills.  By encouraging the development of redemption centers, we are making the system more convenient for consumers.  And by increasing the deposit if redemption rates fall, we are ensuring that Oregon will restore its place as a national leader in container recycling.”

Recycle BottlesUnder HB 3145B, juices, teas, sports drinks, and other beverage containers will carry a deposit by no later than 2018.  “Oregon history is littered with unsuccessful attempts to modernize the Bottle Bill,” said Rep. Cannon.  “Our success today stands on the shoulders of many.  The 2007 expansion to water bottles, led by Rep. Vicki Berger and Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, helped create the conditions that made further expansion possible.  The Bottle Bill Task Force established the policy framework for this bill.  Senate leaders, including Sen. Peter Courtney and Sen. Mark Hass, played an important role in getting HB 3145B across the finish line.  And it has been particularly important that Oregon’s grocers, distributors, and recyclers are finally working hand-in-hand to improve the Bottle Bill for Oregonians.”

“For Oregon, the Bottle Bill is about more than recycling beverage containers,” said Rep. Cannon.  “For 40 years, it has stood as a potent symbol of what is possible when Republicans and Democrats work creatively together to solve a common problem.  It has stood as a symbol of what it means to be an Oregonian: wasting little, tending carefully to our resources — leaving the campsite better than we found it.  It is exciting that the Legislature has managed to rekindle that spirit this year.” 3145B now heads to the Governor for his signature.


Bill to Close Market for Shark Fins Clears Final Hurdle

THE HOUSE provided final passage to HB 2838, chief sponsored by Representative Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), which outlaws the marketing of shark fins in Oregon.  Shark fins are an expensive, in-demand item used in shark fin soup.

“All too often shark fins are obtained by means of a barbaric practice commonly referred to as finning.  This involves the taking of sharks solely for the purpose of harvesting their fins, while the rest of the fish is usually wasted,” said Rep. Witt.  “Worse yet, sharks are often finned alive, only to die an agonizing death of starvation, drowning or bleeding.”

Some estimates show that internationally approximately 73 million sharks are finned and killed each year.  Oregon fisheries regulations conform to federal requirements prohibiting the removal of shark fins or tail at sea.  However, there is no Oregon law that bans the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in state.  HB 2838 changes that.

To provide final passage the House concurred with Senate amendments to the bill.  The Senate amendments add exemptions for a person who holds a license or permit under commercial or recreational fishing laws or a fish processor who holds a license.

In the wake of Oregon action on this issue, similar legislation is now being considered in California, Washington and Canada.

HB 2838 now moves to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Rural Oregonians “Foreclose” on Congressman Walden in grassroots protest campaign

Forecloses on Walden

Kjerstin Gould (center) of Astoria represents Clatsop County.

ON SATURDAY, MAY 7TH, over 150 rural and small town Oregonians from 25 counties convened in Bend, Oregon to issue Rep. Greg Walden a “Notice of Foreclosure.”

Rep. Walden voted in favor of the “Ryan” budget in the House of Representatives, which allocates over $700 billion to the military while cutting billions in community service needs across the state. A protest organized by the Rural Organizing Project convened to declare that Rep. Walden’s support of the “Ryan” budget is a violation of his duty to serve the public good, and that he is therefore in default.  Modeled after the foreclosure notices that plague homeowners in crisis, the “Notice of Foreclosure” issued by the people claims:

  1. Repossession of the political trust that the people have vested in Rep. Walden.
  2. A deficiency judgment.
  3. Such other equitable relief as the people may deem necessary.

Attendees rallied in Bend’s downtown shopping district, at a park located in front of the Bend La Pine School District Building and the Public Library.  Cara Shufelt, of the Rural Organizing Project, declared “These are the kinds of services our communities need: good schools, libraries, vibrant local businesses.  When Rep. Walden supports over $700 billion for the military while cutting billions to our communities, he is no longer representing the common welfare of our communities.  We are here to repossess the public trust vested in him.”

Community members shared testimony on the impact of these misguided priorities.  Nancie Koerber of Central Point talked about losing her small business and her home going into foreclosure.  When she visited Washington DC and tried to meet with Rep. Walden, his office told her that “foreclosures were not a problem they were hearing about in his district.”  Deschutes County alone faced over 3700 foreclosures in 2010.

Betsy Lamb of Bend shared the story of a local immigrant family who faced deportation.  On average 2.5 people are deported from Deschutes County each week.  Kathy Paterno of Powell Butte shared the story of trying to discuss the war budget with Congressman Walden several years ago and continually being ignored by his office.  Paterno was one of seven people who decided to stage a “sit in” at Walden’s office as a last resort to get his attention.  They were eventually arrested and hauled off to the Deschutes County Jail.

Ralliers then marched through downtown Bend to Rep. Walden’s office chanting “Foreclose on Walden.”  Koerber, whose home is currently in the foreclosure process, posted the Notice of Foreclosure on the door of Rep. Walden’s office while the full notice was read aloud.

Foreclosure on WaldenTo ensure Rep. Walden will hear this message, the grassroots protest action will sent “Notice of Foreclosure” from all over the state during the month of May, with the concept that Walden will experience what homeowners in foreclosure face over and over in the foreclosure process: humiliating notice after notice and call after call.

Astoria resident and committee member of the Clatsop County Marriage Equality Project, Kjerstin Gould attended the protest, “The diverse groups that met in Bend have in common a primary goal – to speak out against unfair treatment, to speak up and educate our friends and neighbors, and to do our part to promote human dignity.  I was moved by personal stories, and inspired by the great achievements made by “regular folks” like us who carve time out of their busy lives to help make the world a more fair, humane place.”
The concept of the “People Foreclosing” on those elected representatives who violate the public trust is already gaining traction, according to Schufelt.

“People in the states of Washington and New York are already making plans to “Foreclose” on their Representatives who have made poor choices that harm the common welfare of our communities.”
For more info on the follow-up to “Foreclosure on Walden,”  and to be a part of the next steps – from sending in a local Letter to the Editor to distributing “Foreclose on Walden” stickers to mailing a Notice of Foreclosure to Walden’s office – contact Cara at the Rural Organizing Project: cara@rop.org, 503-543-8417.

The Rural Organizing Project is a statewide organization of locally-based groups that work to create communities accountable to a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for equal access to justice, and the right to self-determination.

Today, ROP works with 65 member groups to organize on issues that impact human dignity and to advance inclusive democracy.

QFolk – June 2011

Edie and Thea MarriedFILM
Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement

In the closeted 1960s, two young women meet and fall in love – and so begins the extraordinary tale of Edie and Thea, whose engagement to each other would span more than forty years.

Ultimately, in their 70s, with Thea’s health in rapid decline, the two seize the opportunity to fulfill their dream of getting married. The film captures their inspiring journey to Toronto – and Thea’s last trip on a plane – where Edie and Theathe lovers are finally able to make their vows. Told with candor, wit, and great affection, Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement is an American love story for the ages.

Sunday, June 5, 3pm at the Columbian Theater, 11th and Marine. Presented by PFLAG Oregon North Coast and The Columbian Theater. FREE. Everyone Welcome.

Clatsop County Diversity Committee
At 1pm on Thursday, May 26th, at the Judge Boyington Building in Astoria, County Commissioner Scott Lee, the recently appointed head of the Diversity Committee, welcomed everyone to the committee’s second public meeting.

He then introduced Mayor Willis Van Dusen, who gave a brief history of the Diversity Committee, which was formed two years ago in response to complaints of racism being experienced by members of the Coast Guard stationed in Astoria.

After the formation of the committee, it was relatively inactive, until a recent report of racist taunts being directed at Job Corps students on a local bus made its way into The Daily Astorian. In response to this, the committee had a public forum, and Thursday’s meeting was the follow-up from first public session.

Norma Hernandez, of the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, then introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Frank Garcia, Jr., the Office of the Governor’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Mr Garcia spoke of diversity as the awareness of cultural differences, and inclusion as the process of working through the differences to achieve a successful outcome. He said that diversity inclusion was the only way to stay competitive in today’s global economy. The message conveyed, that we can’t afford to waste any of Oregon’s human resources, and we can’t afford to waste money dealing with the problems that a lack of diversity awareness can cause.

After Mr. Garcia’s presentation, a discussion followed. Those present were enthusiastic about a pro-active Diversity Committee being an essential part of raising diversity and cultural awareness in the Lower Columbia area.

The next public meeting of the Diversity Committee will be Thursday, June 23rd, 6 pm. For further information, contact Scott Lee – slee@co.clatsop.or.us.

Q-Community Events

Q-JAZZ at the Bridgewater Bistro
The Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria begins a new offering this spring/summer season. Q-Jazz and Song Social invites the LGBTQ Community and friends the third Thursday of each month to enjoy the Basin St. Northwest Jazz Trio, complimentary apps, and piano bar hosted by friends and performance associates Dinah Urell and Walt Trumbull.

Arrive at 8pm for complimentary appetizers and catch a sampling of Basin St. NW piano trio led by Chuck Wilder, featuring guitarist Dave Drury,  and bassist Todd Pederson. Urell and Trumbull welcome guests in song and open the mic for folks who would like to sing, in the vein of American standards, jazz and blues. Expertise not required.

The event, underway last month proved to be a spacious and welcoming social gathering. Many expressed gratitude to Dana Gunderson for hosting the Qmixer for a number of years at the Cannery Cafe, destroyed in the Astoria, Dec 16 Riverfront fire. Owners of the Bridgewater, Ann and Tony Kitchner are happy to welcome the community.

PFLAG OREGON NORTH COAST
Our monthly meeting will be Thursday, June 16th – 6:30 pm at the Arts & Cultural Exchange, 120 10th Street, Suite #2, Astoria, OR.

Our guest speaker will be Jeanne St.John of the Oregon Central Coast PFLAG – a very active chapter! Come learn the secrets of their success!

PFLAG – Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Everyone welcome.

Questions? Contact Drew – drewherzig@yahoo.com.

Be in a Guinness World Record Swimming Event – Sunset Park & Rec Hosts!

SwimmerOn Tuesday, June 14th, 2011, thousands of kids and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe will unite to set a new global record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL). Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District is an official Host Location for the 2011 WLSL record-setting event, taking place at 3pm GMT, 8 am Pacific.

The inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted in 2010 when almost 4,000 participants across 34 states, five countries and 3 continents participated to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.
Tragically, drowning is the second leading cause of unintended, injury related death of children ages 1-14 in the US. In fact, more than one in four fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger.  And, research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the 3rd grade, they likely never will. The threat of childhood drowning is even greater around the globe.

The WLSL program works to promote drowning prevention through education by focusing the energy of thousands of participants on a clear and specific message all at the same time. In 2010, aquatic facilities, from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon near Orlando, Florida to swim schools in Orange Country, CA, to parks & recreation centers in the Bronx, to locations in Mexico, Dubai and the USAG Humphreys in South Korea, all taught the same swimming lesson at the same time with one goal in mind  – send the message that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park near Orlando has been designated as the official headquarters location for the international event for the second year.

Gold Medalists’ Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans are official spokespeople for the WLSL event for the second year to help convey that loss of life from drowning can be prevented through awareness and training.  As parents, both athletes feel a strong commitment to teaching children how to be safe in and around the water.  Gaines, 11-time world record holder and “voice of American swimming” for the Olympic Games, will be master of ceremonies for the WLSL event at Typhoon Lagoon.

For more information on this important and fun event, to find out how you can join the WLSL record breaking call 503-738-3311 or via e-mail Aquatic Manager Genesee Dennis: geneseedennis@sunsetempire.com or visit www.wlsl.org.