by: COURTESY PHOTO: THEATRE IN THE GROVE - Annie played to sold-out crowds at Theatre in the Grove this December, with Jeanna VanDyke starring as Miss Hannigan, Mackenzie Gross as Annie and Jennifer Yamishiro as Grace.

by: COURTESY PHOTO: THEATRE IN THE GROVE - Stevo Clay (standing) roared through Theatre in the Groves production of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest last February, with help from a mesmerizing cast of fellow asylum patients and a suitably sterile Nurse Ratched, played by Anita Zijdemans-Boudreau.

by: COURTESY PHOTO - Arun Gandhi, grandson of the world-renowned spiritual and political leader Mahatma Gandhi, spoke to a packed Stoller Center at Pacific University Feb. 28 after being invited by its Center for Peace and Spirituality. He told many stories about his grandfather and his parents, who would fast and apologize for their failures as parents when Arun or his siblings misbehaved.

Nationally renowned glass artist Ed Carpenter began meeting this year with two other local artists — metal artist Eric Canon and woodworker Greg Kriebel — to brainstorm ideas for the dramatic public art piece they plan to create in the entry area of the Forest Grove City Library. Carpenter is donating his time and design skills, but the project still needs money for materials and installation costs. The Forest Grove Library Foundation is holding fundraisers and also accepting donations any time at

In October, just a few months before Nelson Mandela died, one of his highest-profile supporters from South Africa visited Pacific University at the behest of its Center for Peace and Spirituality to speak on the country's struggle for justice. Albie Sachs, who lost an arm to a car bomb that was meant to kill him, spoke about the formation of South Africa's "truth commission," a long-overdue apology from the man who tried to kill him and other war stories from the country's path to equality.

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