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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Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for November, 2018

Sisters In Law by Linda Hirshman

“The relationship between Sandra Day O Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher s daughter and Brooklyn girl transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women.

Linda Hirshman s dual biography includes revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. She also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, including employment discrimination, abortion, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and many other issues crucial to women s lives.

Sisters-in-Law combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes that bring these very different women into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture, and a moving story of a remarkable friendship.”

Our discussion of Sisters In Law is scheduled for November 28th , at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

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Retiree Network – Calendar of Events, October 2018

Here are the events coming up in October:

Wednesday, October 3rd, 11:00 a.m. PCC Foundation Annual Retiree Luncheon.  This year we’ll gather at the PCC Willow Creek Center in Washington County.

Wednesday, October 10th, 1:00 p.m. Happy Lunch. We’ll return to a West-side favorite:  Seasons & Regions Seafood Restaurant, (6660 SW Capital Highway, Portland). As always, we’ll need RSVP’s to make our reservation so please reply to the emailed version of this message or use the comment box below by Monday, October 8th.

Tuesday, October 16th, Art & Conversation, 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, Portland-based artist Avantika Bawa will discuss her current exhibition on view in the APEX galleries on the fourth floor of the Hoffman wing.

This series occurs monthly on the third Tuesday, is free for adults 62 and over and includes Museum admission.

Wednesday, October 24th, 11:30 a.m. Pinot & Prose Book Club.  This month our reading selection is Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.  Come join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.  As usual we’ll convene at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant. (Note: We’ve also announced our book selections for November and January (we’ll skip December due to the holidays), those selections can be found by following this link: Fall Readings.)

Wednesday, October 24th, 1:00 p.m. Retiree Network Monthly Business Meeting.  As always, all retirees are welcome to join us as we plan the coming month’s activities and discuss ways in which we can continue to be of service to PCC.  We’ll have lunch following the book club discussion and then start the meeting at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.  

And, mark your calendar for these events coming up soon:

Friday, November 2nd, Annual PCC Foundation Scholarship Reception. An opportunity to meet students helped by your donations to the Foundation.

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Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for October, 2018

Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

“Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager–obsessed with music, food, and girls–but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier–a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.”

Our discussion of Beneath A Scarlet Sky is scheduled for October 24th , at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

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Retiree Network – Calendar of Events, September 2018

Here are the events coming up in September:

Wednesday, September 12th, 1:00 p.m. Happy Lunch. We’ll gather this month at Milo’s City Café, 1325 NE Broadway, Portland. As always, we’ll need RSVP’s to make our reservation so please reply to the emailed version of this message or use the comment box below by Monday, September 10th.

Monday, September 17th, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PCC District In-Service Breakfast, kick-off for Fifth Annual Retiree Network raffle to raise funds for the Rose Scholarship.

Tuesday, September 18th, Art & Conversation, 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, Grace Kook-Anderson, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, will present on Picturing Oregon, a special installation of work from the Museum’s collection celebrating the geographic diversity of Oregon and the range of artist interpretations it inspires.

This series occurs monthly on the third Tuesday, is free for adults 62 and over and includes Museum admission.

Wednesday, September 26th, 11:30 a.m. Pinot & Prose Book Club.  This month our reading selection is Waking Up White by Debby Irving. Come join us for what promises to be a lively discussion. (Note: We’ve also announced our book selections for October and November, they can be found by following this link: Fall Readings.)

Wednesday, September 26th, 1:00 p.m. Retiree Network Monthly Business Meeting. As always, all retirees are welcome to join us as we plan the coming month’s activities and discuss ways in which we can continue to be of service to PCC. Tickets for the Fifth Annual Rose Scholarship raffle will be available for sale to Retirees at this meeting. The winning ticket will be drawn on October 5th at the Faculty/AP Federation meeting.

And, mark your calendar for these events coming up soon:

Wednesday, October 3rd, 11:00 a.m. PCC Foundation Annual Retiree Luncheon.  This year we’ll gather at the PCC Willow Creek Center in Washington County.  If you haven’t received your personal invitation by mail from the Foundation, let us know and we’ll pass along the information.

Friday, November 2nd, Annual PCC Foundation Scholarship Reception. An opportunity to meet students helped by your donations to the Foundation.

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Pinot & Prose Book Club Selections for Fall 2018

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.

Here are the books for the next three months:

For September:  Waking Up White: And Finding Myself In the Story of Race by Debby Irving

Publisher Comments
“For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.”

Our discussion of Waking Up White is scheduled for September 26th , at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

For October:  Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

“Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager–obsessed with music, food, and girls–but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier–a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.”

Our discussion of Beneath A Scarlet Sky is scheduled for October 24th , at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

For November:  Sisters In Law by Linda Hirshman

“The relationship between Sandra Day O Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher s daughter and Brooklyn girl transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women.

Linda Hirshman s dual biography includes revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. She also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, including employment discrimination, abortion, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and many other issues crucial to women s lives.

Sisters-in-Law combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes that bring these very different women into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture, and a moving story of a remarkable friendship.”

Our discussion of Sisters In Law is scheduled for November 28th , at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

We’ll take our annual holiday break in December and begin our 2019 reading with a classic for January! 

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 at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant

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In Memoriam: Alice Jacobson

Alice Jacobson
Jan. 16, 1946 – June 24, 2018

A beautiful light left our world when Alice Jacobson died June 24, 2018. She will be remembered by family and friends for her infectious laugh, her loyalty and her powerful love for life.  Alice, blessed with a sharp wit, strong mind and work ethic, valued education as a path to a well-lived life and committed her life to expanding educational opportunities for all.  After earning her doctorate at Columbia University, she enjoyed an inspirational 36 year career teaching and serving as college and university administrators and sharing her expertise and leadership skills on numerous boards and commissions. In retirement, she coached existing and emerging educational leaders and helped non-profit organizations to improve effectiveness.

As President of Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus (1991-2004), she was beloved for her visionary guidance, integrity and humane leadership. Her work is evidenced today in the facilities and excellent programs she initiated; but her legacy is also found in the many people she mentored and befriended.  A true educator, her greatest passion was mentoring others to succeed.

Alice was brilliant, wise, supportive, fun-loving, loyal, kind and generous. Her passing has left her family, many friends and colleagues bereft, but she is missed most by her wife, AJ Arriola, the love her life and partner of 23 years and their sweet companion, Wally.  In addition to AJ and Wally, survivors include her nephew, Steven Jamieson (Cheryl); great-nephew and great-niece, Michael and Carolyn; sister-in-law, Sue Michaels (Stu) and several cousins.  She was immediately loved and integrated into AJ’s welcoming family. Alice had numerous friends and colleagues who mourn the loss of this remarkable woman. Preceding her in death were parents, Marian and Lawrence; and brother, Larry Jr.

A “Celebration of Alice” will be held from 2 – 5 p.m., Aug. 26, 2018, at PCC’s Sylvania Campus Performing Arts Center. In memory of Alice, please consider a donation to the Alice Jacobson Scholarship Fund through the PCC Foundation PO Box 19000, Portland, OR 97280 or by visiting www.pcc.edu/give and writing her name in the tribute section.

Published in The Oregonian from July 31 to Aug. 5, 2018

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