Friends cultural programs for 2015-16

The Friends of the Forest Grove Library are happy to present our new season of cultural programs. They will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 PM in the Rogers Room of the City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue.
All the programs are free and open to the public.

October 6          Rudy Tinoco, local professional magician, will not only entertain with coin and card tricks and sleight of hand, but also tell about the history and practice of magic.

November 3         Leah Stenson: Portland poet Leah Stenson will read poems from Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, an anthology she edited with Asao Sarukawa Aroldi; explain how and why she published this book; share observations from her visit to the nuclear exclusion zone around Fukushima and comment on the nuclear disaster, past and present. Her presentation will include time for questions and answers.

December 1         Nathan Palmer: Coffees of the World. Nathan Palmer owns and operates To the Roots Coffee Roasters and is known for being the sole roaster of long-time beloved coffee shop, BJ’s Coffee. Join him as he discusses the history of coffee both culturally and economically. Looking at coffee as an agricultural commodity, Nathan will explain processing, harvesting, and logistics: an understanding from the coffee tree all the way to the cup. He’ll give perspective on contemporary coffee roasting and brewing methods, and take a look at the future of specialty coffee. Come and enjoy an evening exploring the Coffees of the World.

January 5     Friends of Historic Forest Grove: formed in the mid-1980s, their primary mission was the preservation of historical structures and has expanded to include historic neighborhoods, artifacts and visual material culture significant to the region. Housed in the Old Train Station, which is their museum and library, FHFG act as educators of the public. This presentation includes a recap of early achievements, and a detailed discussion of their first cemetery historical tour.

February 2         Remembering Frank Sinatra: A Program of Music and Historical Narration. 2015 marked the Centennial year of Frank Sinatra’s birth. This program will feature a sing-along of some of his greatest hits, and narration of the important events that coincided with the release of each song.

March 1         Russ Dondero, Political Science Professor Emeritus, Pacific University on elections 2016: “The twists and turns of the 2016 campaign – will The Donald trump the GOP, will Hillary hold off Bernie?  What will this mean in a post-Obama America?”

April 5          Mrs Pittock returns: Twice before you have seen glimpses of 170-year-old Georgiana Pittock, founder of the Pittock Mansion, the Portland Rose Society and the Portland Rose Festival. You will hear how the 1854 wagon train, despite cholera, dysentery and death, brought some of the first roses to the city of Portland. Mrs. Pittock looks forward to seeing you again.

May 3         Young at Heart Readers Theatre: this eclectic group of actors, writers and dramatists will prepare and present special performances of comedy, drama, poetry and a few surprises.