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LO Reads plans a busy February

To celebrate the community-wide reading event, Lake Oswego Reads 'The Shadow of the Wind,' a book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon about Barcelona, Spain, numerous events have been scheduled during the month of February.

A Passport to Spain may be picked up at the Lake Oswego Library or any Lake Oswego Reads events, which may then be stamped at each event. The passport, with at least three stamps, may be brought to the final event on Feb. 28 for a chance to win a gift basket from Moonstruck Chocolate. You must be present to win.

Beginning today and continuing each Thursday, discussions on the book will take place at the following Starbucks: Today at 7 p.m., 47 N. State St.; Feb. 8 at 9:30 a.m., 1175 McVey Ave.; Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., 47 N. State St.; Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m., 3 S.W. Monroe Parkway in Mountain Park. Reservations are required at 503-534-5665.

Learn the art of tango from Remos Reynosa. Classes for adults will be taught Mondays, Feb. 5 through March 12, at Mountain Park Rec Center. Register at lakeoswegoparks.org, or call 503-675-2549.

Graham's Book and Stationery, at 460 Second St., will be hosting Sangria Saturdays in February and offering Zafon's book at 30 percent off. In addition to the sangria, special events will take place each Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., beginning with this Saturday featuring a chef schooled in the art of Spanish cuisine. On Feb. 10 have fun learning a Spanish dance; and on Feb. 17 listen to travel tips while watching slides on Spain. Feb. 24 features sangria for kids and special Spanish games.

Local musician Masud Tahmas-sbi's band El Nino will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Lake Oswego Library, 706 Fourth St. Tahmassbi and Mariano Deorbegoso performed to a sell-out kickoff crowd in January, and this should also be a performance not to miss.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., Dave Hoerlein of Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door will share sights and insights of Barcelona at Oswego Heritage House.

Taste of Spain will be celebrated from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays at the following locations: Both the downtown and Lake Grove Wizer's stores, Feb. 10; at Wild Oats in Bridgeport on Feb. 17, and Palisades market on Feb. 24.

Review food columnist Barb Randall will teach a couples (or friends) class featuring Spanish food on Saturday, Feb. 10. Register at lakeoswegoparks.org or call 503-675-2549. Children can experience creating a Spanish lunch from 2 to 4 p.m. that day. Use the same contact information.

Local restaurant Tucci will feature a fixed menu of Spanish cuisine on Monday, Feb. 19, with accompanying Spanish wines. For reservations, call 503-697-3383.

Dr. Kathleen Regan, a frequent traveler to Spain who has taught Spanish literature and culture at the University of Portland for 11 years, will speak on the political conflict that underlies 'The Shadow of the Wind.' The presentation will explore the origins of the Spanish Civil War as well as its after-effects in Spain. This takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Lake Oswego Library.

The popular local 72-member adult band, Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band, will present a free concert with music by Spanish composers, including Spanish classical, popular, ethnic, flamenco dance and Spanish marches at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Lakeridge High School.

Throughout the month, art is on display at many Lake Oswego businesses, and also art inspired by Pablo Picasso and Spanish art by local artist Larry Zeigler at Lake Oswego High School.

On Wednesdays Gubanc's Pub in Lake Grove will offer Spanish coffee for $3. Partakers must show a copy of the book or the Lake Oswego Reads passport.

The final community event will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Lake Oswego High School, where fellow readers can enjoy a Flamenco dancing performance by Viviana and Company, a Quiz Bowl featuring local students and Michael Powell of Powell's Books.