Join Us For Twist Your Dickens!

L-R: John San Nicolas as the Ghost of Jacob Marley and Craig Cackowski as Scrooge. Photo by Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv.

Come join your fellow retirees for Second City’s A Christmas Carol, Twist Your Dickens presented by Portland Center Stage.

“A complete send-up of the holiday classic, this adult comedy is adorned with the improvisational genius of the legendary comedy troupe The Second City. Twist includes zany holiday sketches and uproarious improv based on audience participation — it’s never the same show twice! It has become a Portland holiday favorite, and will return in 2017 after runs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Goodman Theatre in Chicago this past season.”

The PCC Retiree Network has reserved a block of tickets for this fun, interactive show which has charmed PCS audiences for several years.  Thanks to the audience participation and resulting actor improvisations, every show is slightly different.  Tickets are now on sale for retirees, their spouses, partners or friends for just $31.50 per seat.  For information on how to reserve your tickets, see the monthly group events emails, or if you aren’t on our mailing list use the comment box below this message to contact Jerry Donnelly for information.

Check out reviews from a prior year’s performance here: PCS Reviews

 

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Japanese Garden Delights as “Un-Service” Event

A scene from the first annual “Un-Service” as Retirees no longer have to attend the annual College “In-Service”, we celebrated by enjoying a tour of the renovated Portland Japanese Gardens followed by lunch at the Goose Hollow Inn.

What will we come up with for the second annual Un-Service?  Your suggestions are welcomed!

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Retiree Network Calendar of Events, October 2017

Here are the events coming up in October:

October Happy Lunch: Wednesday, October 11th, 1:00 p.m.  This month we’ll return to our regular schedule of Happy Lunch on the second Wednesday of the month. We’ve selected the La Petite Provence Restaurant at 1824 NE Alberta as our location.  Please come join us!  As usual, we’ll need RSVP’s to make reservations, please reply to either the emailed version of this message or use the ‘Comment’ box below this post.  Please RSVP no later than 5 p.m., Monday, October 9th.

October Art & Conversation, Portland Art Museum, Thursday, October 19th, Coffee 9:15 a.m., Lecture 10:00 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium. This month’s topic: “The Wyeth’s: Three Generations” presented by Prudence Roberts in conjunction with opening of the Wyeth exhibit on October 7th.

Pinot & Prose Book Club, Wednesday, October 25th, 11:30 a.m.: Our October selection is “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture In Crisis” by J.D. Vance. We’ll hold the discussion at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Retiree Network Business Meeting, Wednesday, October 25th, 1:00 p.m.: at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Future Events include:

October: Fostering Success: An information session on this PCC program in support of students from foster families.  We’re still working on arranging this information session.

November: A Conversation with State Senator Michael Dembrow: Schedule TBA, Michael’s meeting with the PCC Retirees before the beginning of the 2017 legislative session was highly informative. This will be an opportunity to hear/discuss what the legislative session was able to accomplish (or not) and what lies ahead for Oregon.

December: A Holiday Theater Outing: We selected the Portland Center Stage production of “Twist Your Dickens”Mark your calendar for the 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 10th for an afternoon of fun and holiday spirit!  Group ticket information will be distributed soon as we’ll need to conclude ticket sales by mid-November to ensure our group rates.

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Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for October, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of A Family and Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance

Publisher Comments:

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

Enjoy the book then come join us for the discussion on Wednesday, October 25th, 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.  

 

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Retiree Network – Calendar of Events, September 2017

In addition to our planned “Un-service” special event, (for details click here in case you deleted that message) here are the Retiree Network planned events for September and mark your calendar for future dates included at the end!

September Art & Conversation, Portland Art Museum, Thursday, September 21st, (no coffee time this month, the lecture will convene at 10:00 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium). The topic will be “The Etchings of Whistler and His Circle”, which will discuss the current exhibition of etchings by James McNeill Whistler and others.

Un-Service Day Celebration, Friday, September 22nd: Japanese Garden tour and Happy Lunch at Goose Hollow Inn (see link above).

Pinot & Prose Book Club, Wednesday, September 27, 11:30 a.m.: Our September selection is “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell.  We’ll hold the discussion at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Retiree Network Business Meeting, Wednesday, September 27, 1:00 p.m.: at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant. This will be a busy meeting as we work to compile a list of events for fall term as well as the tabled item.

Future Events, some dates and times to be confirmed, include:

October: Fostering Success: An information session on this PCC program in support of students from foster families.  Annual Scholarship Reception, October 27th, 4:00 p.m. Performing Arts Center, Sylvania Campus.

November: A Conversation with State Senator Michael Dembrow: Schedule TBA, Michael’s meeting with the PCC Retirees before the beginning of the 2017 legislative session was highly informative. This will be an opportunity to hear/discuss what the legislative session was able to accomplish (or not) and what lies ahead for Oregon.

December: A Holiday Theater Outing: We selected the Portland Center Stage production of “Twist Your Dickens”. We have group ticket reservations for the 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 10th, mark your calendar!

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Kicking Off Fall With A Garden Tour!

UN-SERVICE DAY GARDEN TOUR AND LUNCH FOR OUR PCC RETIREE FRIENDS; COME PLAY HOOKY WITH US

On Friday, September 22nd, join your fellow Retiree Networkers in the initiation of our first UN-SERVICE DAY events. Let’s celebrate the fact that those others are still working and we are not! Instead of sitting through more tedious In-Service meetings, we get to play!

This September we will have a GUIDED TOUR OF THE NEW JAPANESE GARDEN, followed by a no-host LUNCH AT THE GOOSE HOLLOW INN, not far from the garden.

THE DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Guided tour of the Portland Japanese Garden
Address: 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Date: September 22nd, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM The tour lasts about an hour and a half. (Please arrive at least 15 minutes early – be aware that due to re-construction on the nearby reservoirs parking may be in short supply. Click here for a link to their website information about parking.)

Cost: $11.00 per person; to be collected at the door. Parking is metered on-street at $1.60 per hour. Allow time to find a space.

RSVP: By Friday, September 15th, to Betty Kendall: bettykendall@aol.com

FOLLOWED BY:

No-Host Lunch At Goose Hollow Inn,
1927 SW Jefferson St., Portland OR 97201

Time: Approximately 1:00 PM.

RSVP: By September 15th to Betty Kendall:  bettykendall@aol.com

NOTE: A great deal of expansion and update of the Japanese Garden has taken place since our very successful Network tour a few years ago. Come and experience the serene loveliness of the new surroundings and learn about the remarkable Cultural Crossing Project with its center-piece, the Cultural Village, designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma.

And of course later on, catch up on the “newest” in the lives of your fellow Retirees at lunch.  The Goose has the best corned beef sandwiches ever!

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Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for September, 2017

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Publisher Comments:

In this stunning investigation of success, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a journey through the world of outliers — the best, brightest, and most famous — asking the question: what makes high-achievers different?

Gladwell argues that in order to solve this riddle we must focus on the contributing elements around the successful — their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way, he explains what the Beatles and Bill Gates share in common, the reason you’ve never heard of the smartest man in the world, why almost no star hockey players are born in the fall, and why Columbian and South Korean airplane pilots are more likely to crash.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will transform the way we understand success.

Enjoy the book and come join us for the discussion session on Wednesday, September 27th at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

(And, for those who may want to read ahead our October selection will be Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of A Family and Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance.)

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