Retiree Network Events Calendar – April 2017

Wednesday, April 12th, 1:00 p.m. April Happy Lunch  The group selected the South East Portland location of La Petite Provence (4834 SE Division St, Portland) for this month’s luncheon.  Come join us!

Wednesday, April 20th, 9:15 a.m. lecture at 10:15 a.m.: Art & Conversation, Portland Art Museum.  The April 20th presentation will be a discussion of Arts education in Portland led by Mama Stalcup, Director of Arts Education at the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Kristen Braysen, Portland Public Schools Arts Teacher on Special Assignment and will highlight the PPS arts showcase “Heart of Portland” on view at the Museum from April 12th through April 22nd.  View the “Heart of Portland” showcase between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. in the Miller Room, Mark Building and/or attend the lecture/discussion at 10:15 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium.  As always, this monthly series is free to those 62 and over.

PCC Gala, Saturday, April 22nd, 5:30 p.m. PureSpace, 1315 NW Overton St., Portland.  This event is nearly sold out, contact the PCC Foundation office for last minute tickets.

Wednesday, April 26th, 11:30 a.m., Pinot & Prose Book Club: Our April selection is “Suite Francaise” by Irene Nemirovsky, we’ll hold the discussion at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Wednesday, April 26th, 1:00 p.m., Retiree Network Business Meeting, at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Future Events include:

Friday, May 5th, PCC Foundation Annual Retiree Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – Social, 12 p.m. Lunch & Program.  This year’s luncheon will be held at PCC Southeast Campus, Tabor Hall, Room 143, (2305 SE 82nd and Division, Portland).  Join us for this always well attended annual event. At this special luncheon for retired faculty and staff, you’ll hear updates from students, PCC Southeast Campus President Jessica Howard, and more.  And, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a campus tour.  If you still think of the “SE Center”, this is your opportunity to see the amazing transformation at this Campus!

Cascadia, Our Geology, Our Selves, Thursday, May 25th, 7:00 p.m. Mercy Corps Center, 45 SW Ankeny Street, Portland. A presentation on preparedness for “the Big One”, led by environmental scientist Robert Butler and Mercy Corps’ Director of U.S. Disaster Preparedness. Tickets are $5 for seniors and students. Purchase tickets by visiting mercycorps.org/action-center/events or call 503-896-5747.

Zero Cancer project run/walk, Sunday, June 11th, TBA a.m.  The Retiree Network plans to field a team again this year.  Gary Lesniak is working with the Zero Cancer group to develop a Dance Walk” for this South Water Front event.

June 25th, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a play based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane which the Book Club read in November 2016 will be returning to Portland Center Stage.  A few tickets at our group price remain, but must be reserved by Sunday, April 2nd.  Contact Jerry Donnelly for more information or to reserve your seat.

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Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for April 2017

Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky

Winner of France’s 2004 Prix Renaudot.

Publisher Comments

By the early 1940’s, when Ukrainian-born Irène Némirovsky began working on what would become Suite Française the first two parts of a planned five-part novel, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris.  But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at the age of thirty-nine.  Two years earlier, living in a small village in central France where she, her husband and their two small daughters had fled in a vain attempt to elude the Nazis she’d begun her novel, a luminous portrayal of a human drama in which she herself would become a victim.  When she was arrested, she had completed two parts of the epic, the handwritten manuscripts of which were hidden in a suitcase that her daughters would take with them into hiding and eventually into freedom.  Sixty-four years later, at long last, we can read Némirovsky’s literary masterpiece

The first part, “A Storm in June,” opens in the chaos of the massive 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion during which several families and individuals are thrown together under circumstances beyond their control.  They share nothing but the harsh demands of survival some trying to maintain lives of privilege, others struggling simply to preserve their lives but soon, all together, they will be forced to face the awful exigencies of physical and emotional displacement, and the annihilation of the world they know.  In the second part, “Dolce,” we enter the increasingly complex life of a German-occupied provincial village.  Coexisting uneasily with the soldiers billeted among them, the villagers from aristocrats to shopkeepers to peasants cope as best they can.  Some choose resistance, others collaboration, and as their community is transformed by these acts, the lives of these these men and women reveal nothing less than the very essence of humanity.

Suite Française is a singularly piercing evocation at once subtle and severe, deeply compassionate and fiercely ironic of life and death in occupied France, and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.

Enjoy the book and join your fellow retirees for a discussion on Wednesday, April 26th at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

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Retiree Network Events Calendar – March 2017

Wednesday, March 8th, 1:00 p.m. February Happy Lunch: We’re returning to one of our favorite lunch venues this month. Please join us at Gracie’s at the Hotel Deluxe (729 SW 15th, Portland – free valet parking available). As usual, we’ll need to make a reservation, so please RSVP by Monday, March 6th. You can RSVP by simply replying to the emailed version of this message or use the comment field below this post.

Thursday, March 16th: February Art & Conversation, Portland Art Museum: This month’s topic has not yet been announced. (You can check the ‘calendar of events’ on the PAM website for more information as we get closer to the date.) As usual, coffee at 9:15 a.m.; lecture at 10:15am. This series is free for adults 62 and over.

Sunday, March 19th: In the Heights, Presented by the PCC Sylvania Visual and Performance Arts & Design department at the Sylvania Performing Arts Center. In the Heights music and lyrics by Tony Award winning Lin Manuel Miranda before his smash hit Hamilton. The Retiree Network is not coordinating ticket sales for this presentation but a number of your fellow retirees will be attending this matinee performance, come join us. (Use the link to purchase your tickets.)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 11:30 a.m. Pinot & Prose Book Club: Our March reading selection is the fascinating behind the scenes look at the medical disaster that killed President James Garfield – Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 1:00 p.m. February Retiree Network Business Meeting, at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Future Events include:

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 5:30 p.m. PCC Gala, at PureSpace, 1315 NE Overton St., Portland. You can follow this link to purchase tickets from the PCC Foundation. https://www.pcc.edu/foundation/events/gala/

Sunday, June 25th, Portland Center Stage Presentation: The Pianist of Willesden Lane. The Retiree Network has arranged for a limited number of group tickets for this matinee presentation on the play based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane which we read in November 2016. Some of us saw this production last season at PCS, which was so well received it is being brought back for a limited engagement in June. Tickets are $37.50 per person and must be purchased well in advance. Please RSVP to Jerry Donnelly for further information.

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Pinot & Prose Book Club selection of the month for March, 2017

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Destiny of the Republic  by Candice Millard

The extraordinary New York Times-bestselling account of James Garfield’s rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard.

For a man forced into the presidency, the legacy of James Garfield extended far beyond his lifetime, and Destiny of the Republic revisits his meteoric rise within the military and government with meticulous research and intimate focus. Garfield was a passionate advocate of freed slaves, a reformer at odds with Republican power brokers and machine politics, a devoted father, and a spellbinding speech-giver. Four months after taking office he was shot twice by an unhinged office-seeker, Charles Guiteau, and a nation already recently fractured by war shattered, leaving the wounded president at the center of a bitter, behind-the-scenes struggle for power. Examining the medical reform spurred by Garfield’s unsanitary medical treatment, and reflecting on the surprising political reform brought on by his former political enemy Senator Roscoe Conkling, Destiny of the Republic passionately brings President Garfield’s unknown-but-widely-felt legacy into focus.

Enjoy the book and join your fellow retirees for a discussion on Wednesday, March 22nd at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

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Retiree Network Events Calendar – February 2017

We have a lot going on this month!  

Here are our coming events – including special events this month* AND a note about a June event** you won’t want to miss:

Wednesday, February 8th, 1:00 p.m. February Happy Lunch: Since the winter storm kept us from meeting at Milo’s City Café in January, we decided to go there for this month’s lunch. Milo’s City Café is located at 1325 NE Broadway, Portland – just north of Lloyd Center. And, we will follow up lunch with a late matinee movie! You can join us just for lunch or just for the movie or both! Please RSVP by Monday, February 6th and indicate whether you will join us for lunch or the movie or both. To RSVP, reply to the emailed version of this message or use the comment box below this post.

*Wednesday, February 8th, 3:15 p.m. February Special: Matinee Showing of “Hidden Figures”: The movie version of our book selection for February is showing at the Regal Lloyd Center Theaters at 1510 NE Multnomah, Portland. That’s just a few blocks south of our lunch location. Senior matinee tickets are $9.25; the movie running time is 2 hours/7 minutes.

Thursday, February 16th: February Art & Conversation, Portland Art Museum: This month’s topic has not yet been announced. (You can check the ‘calendar of events’ on the PAM website for more information as we get closer to the date.) As usual, coffee at 9:15 a.m.; lecture at 10:15am. This series is free for adults 62 and over.

*Friday, February 17th, 9:00 a.m. Special Retiree Network Event: Discussion of the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session with State Senator Michael Dembrow. Michael has accepted an invitation of the Retiree Network to join us for a conversation about the current legislative session and other hot topic political current events. We have reserved a conference room at PCC’s Downtown Center (722 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland) for this event. We’ll meet in Room 319, but be sure to check-in at the front desk in the lobby. Note: there are no food services at the Downtown Center but you can pick up coffee at multiple locations within a block or two of the Downtown Center. Seating is limited so please RSVP by Monday, February 13th. You can RSVP by reply to the emailed version of this message or using the comment box below this post.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 11:30 a.m. Pinot & Prose Book Club: Our February reading selection is Hidden Figures – The American Dream and the Untold Story of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 1:00 p.m. February Retiree Network Business Meeting, at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

*Monday, February 27th: PCC Day at the Capitol: Retirees are invited to join with current faculty, staff and students for the trip to Salem. For more information and to sign up, use this link: PCC Foundation.

Future Events include:

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 5:30 p.m. PCC Gala, at PureSpace, 1315 NE Overton St., Portland.

**Sunday, June 25th, Portland Center Stage Presentation: The Pianist of Willesden Lane. The Retiree Network has arranged for a limited number of group tickets for this matinee presentation on the play based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane which we read in November 2016. Some of us saw this production last season at PCS, which was so well received it is being brought back for a limited engagement in June. Tickets are $37.50 per person and must be purchased well in advance. Please RSVP to Jerry Donnelly for further information.

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Pinot & Prose Book Club Selection for February, 2017

hiddenfiguresHidden Figures – The American Dream And The Untold Story Of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Publisher’s Comments:

“Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.”

Enjoy the  book and come join your fellow retirees for a discussion on Wednesday, February 22nd at 11:30 a.m.  As always, the book club discussion session will be held at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.  Also watch the ‘events’ messages as we are tentatively planning to see the movie version of the book on Wednesday, February 8th following our monthly Happy Lunch.  Movie times/location have not yet been confirmed. 

 

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Festival of African Films – 2017

2017-festival-of-african-films-posterA wildly popular film festival that has become synonymous with the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College.

The Cascade Festival of African Films honors the art and craft of film making from that continent. The movies imported for the festival draw capacity crowds each February. All films are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event details:
Dates: February 3 – March 4, 2017
Locations: PCC Cascade Campus and the Hollywood Theatre

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