Retiree Network – Calendar of Events, February 2019

Wednesday, February 13th, 1:00 p.m. Happy Lunch: We’ve picked a new location this month, The Matador Restaurant at 2424 East Burnside St, Portland. There is a small off-street parking lot between The Matador and the neighboring restaurant (Tusk), enter at the drive between the restaurants. Please RSVP by reply to this email by Monday, February 11th so we can make reservations.

Tuesday, February 19th, Art & Conversation, Portland Art Museum. Coffee at 9:15 a.m., lecture at 10:15 in the Whitsell Auditorium.  This month’s topic is “Three Masters of Abstraction”, regarding the exhibition of prints from three Japanese artists.  The speaker will be Irwin Lavenberg, a PAM Research Associate for Japanese Art.  This series is free for adults 62 and over and includes Museum admission.

Wednesday, February 27th, 11:30 a.m. Pinot & Prose Book Club: We’ve announced our selected readings for the next three months: February selection is Blue Highways by William Leastheat Moon; March selection is “Lost City of the Monkey God” by Douglas Preston; and, for April we selected “Mud Bound” by Hillary Jordan.

Come join us for the discussion of Blue Highways on Feb 27th, 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Wednesday, February 27th, 1:00 p.m. Retiree Network Business Meeting. Our monthly business meetings are open to all PCC Retirees, please come join in and help us plan events and outings of interest to all retirees.  Our meetings follow the Book Club and lunch at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

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Pinot & Prose Book Club Selections for Winter into Spring 2019

Once again, the Pinot & Prose book club has decided to announce its selections for multiple months so that our regular readers and others who may wish to join us will have more advanced notice of what we have selected to read. Each of these books has been read by one or more members of the book club who have highly recommended it for our group.

Enjoy these books and come join your fellow retirees for the discussion sessions and the lunch to follow. We hold them at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Here are the books for the next three months:

For February our selection is: Blue Highways, A Journey Into America by William Least Heat-Moon.

Publisher’s Comments: “William Least Heat-Moon’s journey into America began with little more than the need to put home behind him. At a turning point in his life, he packed up a van he called Ghost Dancing and escaped out of himself and into the country. The people and the places he discovered on his roundabout 13,000-mile trip down the back roads (“blue highways”) and through small, forgotten towns are unexpected, sometimes mysterious, and full of the spark and wonder of ordinary life. Robert Penn Warren said, “He has a genius for finding people who have not even found themselves.” The power of Heat-Moon’s writing and his delight in the overlooked and the unexamined capture a sense of our national destiny, the true American experience. (A Mariner Reissue)”

“Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation’s backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about “those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi.” His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.”

Our discussion of Blue Highways is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27th, at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

For March our selection is: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston.

Publisher Comments: “A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world’s densest jungle.”

“Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location. Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.”

“Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quick mud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn’t until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.”

“Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.”

Our discussion of The Lost City of the Monkey God is scheduled for March 27th, at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

For April our selection is: Mudbound by Hillary Jordan.

Publisher Comments: “A gripping and exquisitely rendered story of forbidden love, betrayal, and murder, set against the brutality of the Jim Crow South.”

“When Henry McAllan moves his city-bred wife, Laura, to a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, she finds herself in a place both foreign and frightening. Laura does not share Henry’s love of rural life, and she struggles to raise their two young children in an isolated shotgun shack with no indoor plumbing or electricity, all the while under the eye of her hateful, racist father-in-law. When it rains, the waters rise up and swallow the bridge to town, stranding the family in a sea of mud.”

“As the McAllans are being tested in every way, two celebrated soldiers of World War II return home to help work the farm. Jamie McAllan is everything his older brother Henry is not: charming, handsome, and sensitive to Laura’s plight, but also haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, comes home from fighting the Nazis with the shine of a war hero, only to face far more personal—and dangerous—battles against the ingrained bigotry of his own countrymen. It is the unlikely friendship of these two brothers-in-arms, and the passions they arouse in others, that drive this powerful debut novel. Mudbound reveals how everyone becomes a player in a tragedy on the grandest scale, even as they strive for love and honor.”

“Jordan’s indelible portrayal of two families caught up in the blind hatred of a small Southern town earned the prestigious Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded biennially to a first literary novel that addresses issues of social injustice.”

Our discussion of Mudbound is scheduled for April 24th, at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

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Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for January 2019: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Our January 2019 selection is Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.

Publisher Comments

“Catch-22 is like no other novel. It is one of the funniest books ever written, a keystone work in American literature, and even added a new term to the dictionary.

At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His efforts are perfectly understandable because as he furiously scrambles, thousands of people he hasn’t even met are trying to kill him. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he is committed to flying, he is trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

Catch-22 is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to some one dangerously sane – a masterpiece of our time.”

Enjoy the book, then come join your fellow retirees for the discussion on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

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Retiree Network – Calendar of Events for January 2019

Happy New Year everyone!

As the 2018 holiday season fades to memory, the Retiree Network is set to resume a monthly schedule of social activities and events in support of PCC’s mission. If you haven’t been able to join us in the past, we hope you will consider doing so this year.

Wednesday, January 9, 1:00 p.m. Happy Lunch. We’ll gather to kick off the year’s monthly lunches with a return to Milo’s City Café, 1325 NE Broadway, Portland. As always, we’ll need a count to make reservations, so please RSVP by reply to the emailed version of this message or use the comment field below no later than Monday, January 7th.

Tuesday, January 15, Art & Conversation at Portland Art Museum.  Coffee at 9:15 a.m. in the Fields Ballroom, Mark Building; lecture at 10:15 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium, Main Building.  This month, Prudence Roberts, Art Historian, will discuss the special exhibition, Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Smithsonian’s Sara Roby Foundation Collection.  This series is free for adults 62 and over and includes Museum admission.

Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 a.m. Pinot & Prose Book Club: Come join us for the discussion of this month’s selection: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.  The discussion session will be held at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant and is open to all retirees and will be followed by lunch and our business meeting.

Wednesday, January 23, 1:00 p.m. Retiree Network Monthly Business Meeting. At Walter Mitty’s Restaurant following the book club discussion and lunch.

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Happy Holidays From Your Retiree Network!

Happy Holidays!
Enjoy the season!

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Retiree Network Supports PCC Panther Pantries for Giving Tuesday.

We hope you’ll join us again on “Giving Tuesday” (November 27th) in supporting the PCC Foundation’s campaign for the “Panther Pantries”. For more information about these campus-based food pantries, click here to read about the pantry at the Rock Creek Campus. There are Pantries at each campus.

Retirees of Portland Community College continue to be inspired by the students we have known over many years and those we meet at current PCC events. We know they are here to pursue an education and create a brighter future for them and their families. PCC students are smart, hard-working and dedicated to making our community stronger!

We have learned recently that nearly 50% of students face food insecurity and become aware of the campus-based Panther Pantries working to help alleviate that problem. That’s why this Giving Tuesday, we’re joining forces with the PCC Foundation to support them. Last year we blew right through our goal of $500 and by day’s end we had raised more than $800, so we’ve set our goal this year to at least match and hopefully exceed that $800 mark to do our part helping the Foundation meet its goal of $10,000.

A well-fed mind is ready to learn and succeed. Join us and make gift to support our students. Together, we’re creating a healthier, stronger community!

We’re doing this in conjunction with the PCC Foundation using a secure on-line site called “Everyday Heros” and we will continue using this forum to raise funds through January 31, 2019. Last year the Foundation successfully raised $5,000 for the Panther Pantries on Giving Tuesday, this year’s goal is double that amount. Contributions of any size are accepted. Clicking here will take you to the Retiree Network page at Everyday Heros.

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Retiree Network – Calendar of Events, November 2018

Here are the Retiree Network events for November:

Wednesday, November 14th, 1:00 p.m. Happy Lunch: We’ll return to one of our favorite locations: Gracie’s at the Hotel DeLuxe (729 SW 15th Avenue, Portland). Free valet parking is available. In order to make timely reservations we’ll need your RSVP by Monday, November 12th. You can RSVP by replying to the emailed version of this message or using the comment box below.

Tuesday, November 20th, (9:15 a.m. coffee; 10:15 a.m. lecture) Art & Conversation, Portland Art Museum: This month, Maribeth Graybill, PhD, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, will discuss the special exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles.  This series is free for adults 62 and over and includes Museum admission.

Wednesday, November 28th, 11:30 a.m., Pinot & Prose Book Club. We’ll discuss this month’s selection, Sisters In Law by Linda Hirshman. The book discussion will be held at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant. The book club will not meet in December, but we have already confirmed our reading selection for January will be “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller.

Wednesday, November 28th, 1:00 p.m., Retiree Network Monthly Business Meeting.  Open to all, please come join us as we begin planning for the new year.  At Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Coming in December – but immediate RSVP’s needed: Again this year we’re planning for group attendance at a holiday show. These have been popular and well received in prior years and although we discussed several shows you or your family way want to take in (for example: a Michael Allen Harrison concert at the Old Church or the Alberta Rose Theater’s Holiday Cirque show with the Do Jump dance ensemble), we settled on the Truman Capote’ play “A Christmas Memory” at Portland Center Stage for a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, December 2nd.

Here’s why we need your immediate feed back! We are working on arrangements for group priced tickets ($45 per seat) for the matinee Sunday, December 2nd.  Before we can confirm the group price and reserve our block of seats, we need at least 10 definite RSVP’s no later than noon this Thursday, November 8th.  RSVP by reply to the email or using the comment box below and we will confirm if/when we get enough immediate sign-ups.

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