Free contemporary ballet master class offered

Gina Candland, owner of Moxie Dance Theatre, is offering a free contemporary ballet master class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18.

The class is for intermediate and advanced dancers age 10 to adult. To reserve a space in the class, call the dance studio at 503-675-4593.

Moxie Dance Theatre is located at 19066 Willamette Drive in West Linn.

Digital Device Days scheduled at Lake Oswego library

Those who received digital devices as gifts during the holidays are encouraged to learn how to access the Lake Oswego library’s resources at special workshops. The workshops are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 11, 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 16 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24.

Just drop by the reference desk with your digital device or just your questions. For more information, call the library at 503-675-2540.

RACC awards $661,543 for arts related projects

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $661,543 in project grants for calendar year 2014, including 60 grants to nonprofit organizations and schools, and 88 individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. The sum is 10.7 percent less than RACC awarded for project grants last year, attributable primarily to across the board cuts from the city of Portland, RACC’s largest funding source. Clackamas County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Metro and Work for Art also help fund these project grants.

This year’s grants were especially competitive — only 42 percent of all requests were fully or partially funded. Even so, many individual artists were successful in securing RACC funds for the first time — 60 percent of all funded artists and 20 percent of all funded organizations this cycle are receiving their first RACC project grant.

Among Clackamas County artists and organizations receiving grants are The Art Gym; Susannah Mars, theater; Christopher Mooney, visual arts; National Alliance on Mental Illness of Clackamas County, community participation. The complete list of recipients can be viewed online at

Wilsonville library to host class on poet Stafford

The Wilsonville Public Library will host a literary seminar with Emeritus professor John Ehrstine Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.  Ehrstine will be conducting an eight-part class on Oregon’s own poet laureate, William Stafford.

Although born in Kansas, Stafford became Oregon’s most celebrated poet. How did this happen? How did his experiences in Oregon shape his creative work? What is the substance of this acclaimed poet? Join this class to find the answers. Cost is $40 for the full spate of classes, with a text available at a discount. To sign up, call the library at 503-682-2744.

Peregrine Literary Series celebrates Stafford

The Peregrine Literary Series will celebrate the works of William Stafford with the words and music of cellist Daniel Sperry at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive in Lake Oswego. Sperry’s music will be inspired by the works of Stafford; audience members are encouraged to share a favorite Stafford poem or anecdote.

The event is hosted by Joan Maiers in collaboration with the Friends of WIlliam Stafford. The event is free and open to the public.

New Century Players to present ‘The Entanglement’

The New Century Players will present Kevin Yell’s “The Entanglement” as its winter production in the Rex Putnam High School Blackbox Theater, 4950 SE Roethe Road in Milwaukie.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 25, 31 and Feb. 1 and 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. Tickets are $18 general admission; seniors and students are admitted for $12. Tickets can be purchased online at

“The Entanglement” is being produced as part of the 2014 Fertile Ground Festival of New Works as a staged reading Jan. 30. Learn more online at

Marylhurst choirs to sing at Carnegie Hall in 2015

Members of the Marylhurst Chorale, comprised of Marylhurst music majors and students from other areas of study, will perform at Carnegie Hall Feb. 15, 2015, along with university choruses from throughout the country, under the direction of Justin Smith, Marylhurst’s director of choral activities.

The combined choirs will join wth a professional orchestra to perform Mozart’s “Solemn Vespers.”

Smith is working with the concert producer to recruit additional choruses for the performance in advance of beginning formal rehearsals in fall 2014.

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