Lisa Jackson releases After Shes Gone
Lake Oswego author Lisa Jackson has released After Shes Gone, the third book in her West Coast series. Jackson, a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, has more than 20 million copies of her books in print in 20 languages.
After Shes Gone has been described as Gone Girl meets Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. In the book, Cassie Kramer and her sister, Allie, learned the hazards of fame long ago. Together, they had survived a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes. Cassie eventually moved to Los Angeles, urging Allie to follow. As a team, they thought they would take the town by storm.
But Allie just a little more beautiful and driven soon left Cassie in the dust and rose to superstardom. Now, her body double has been shot on the set of her latest movie, and Allie is missing. To police, Cassie looks like a suspect the jealous sister who grew sick of playing a supporting role.
The book is available at bookstores everywhere. Learn more online at lisajackson.com.
Porters art on display
Lake Oswego artists Anna and George Porter have several paintings in an art exhibit titled A Tribute to Oregon Society of Artists currently showing at Concordia University in the George R. White Library and Learning Center, 2800 N.E. Liberty St., Portland. The exhibit continues through Feb. 26 and is free and open to the public during regular library hours.
Kraut, sausage feed coming up
Mark your calendar for the West Linn Lions 43rd annual Kraut and Sausage Feed to be held from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Church of the Resurrection, 2106 S.W. Stafford Road in Tualatin. The menu includes sauerkraut, sausage, mashed potatoes, rolls, strudel, beer, wine, soda and coffee for $14 for adults. Children younger than 8 get in free.
Music will be provided by the PolkaBeats, and chicken dancing is encouraged.
Tickets can be purchased from Lions members in advance for $12. Call Mike Watters for details at 503-891-4665.
Attend Scandinavian Fastelavn Party
Who says Halloween is the only time to dress up? Grab your costume and head to Nordia House for Fastelavn, the word for carnival in Scandinavian countries, held before Lent begins.
The event will be held at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road in Portland, from 4-7 p.m. Feb. 14. Members of Scandinavia Heritage Foundation are admitted free of charge; non-member children are admitted for $5, and their parents are admitted free.
For more information and to RSVP, call 503-977-0275.
Sign up for Sewapalooza
A Common Thread, a Bernina dealer in the Portland, will host Sewapalooza from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20 at the store, located at 15495 S.W. Sequoia Parkway, Suite 140, Portland. Participants will learn sewing, quilting and embroidery techniques from Bernina educator Shelly Fitzgerald. She will lead attendees through an array of projects using the Bernina 880 and the Bernina 790. The cost of the event is $49 and includes a project kit and lunch.
To register, call 503-624-7440.
Attend Valentine concerts at the Old Church
Pianist Michael Allen Harrison with special guest vocalist Julianne Johnson will perform Valentine concerts at the Old Church in Portland at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 and 6 p.m. Feb. 14. The program features timeless masterpieces, romantic soothing melodies and original compositions. Tickets are $29.50 general admission and $39.50 for reserved seating. They can be ordered online at michaelallenharrison.com or call 503-568-9134.
The Old Church is located at 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland.
Attend Second Saturday concert at Winona Grange
The Second Saturday Concert series at the Winona Grange continues Feb. 13 with a performance of the award-winning roots music group Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
General admission tickets are $12-$20; children 12 and younger are admitted for $12 and veterans and students are $16. Purchase online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2497626 or call 800-838-3006. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 each.
For more information about the band, visit phoenixrisingband.org.
Double Date Night set at Funhouse Lounge
A two-part night of love and laughter, just in time for Valentines Day, is coming up at Funhouse Lounge, 2432 S.E. 11th Ave. in Portland. Enjoy a date night double feature: Do You Believe in Love at First Sight (or Should I Walk in Again?) and Secrets, Lies and Alibis at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from Feb. 11-26.
Tickets for the double feature are $10 online at funhouselounge.com or $15 at the door. Thursday performances are pay what you want, as long as tickets are available.
In Do You Believe, Holly has tried everything to meet her Prince Charming, to no avail. She has resigned herself to speed dating. Come laugh along with this comedic one act about trying to meet that special someone in this short-attention-span world.
Secrets involves two couples who meet at a dinner party. The audience will provide each character with a secret, known only to them. Hidden desires, past indiscretions or unspoken longing reveal themselves somewhere between the appetizer and dessert. Enjoy the delight of being in the moment as the actors create a new and different story each night.
See Once Upon a Weekend at L & C
Once Upon a Weekend offers Lewis & Clark students the opportunity to produce their short, 10-minute play on stage. Six plays will be chosen based on one theme, and the students will have seven days to write, one day to cast and two hours to rehearse before the grand finale. The presentations will be made starting at 10 p.m. Feb. 13 at Fir Acres Theatre Black Box on the Lewis & Clark campus, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, Portland.
Celebrate Chinese New Year
The Chinese Friendship Association of Portland and Confucius Institute of Portland State University will present a 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration Gala from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 14 at Lake Oswego High School, 2501 Country Club Road in Lake Oswego. The event features a catered Chinese dinner and entertainment including lion dancing, Wushu, fashion show, Chinese dance, ballet and opera singing. Tickets are $7 for children ages 4 -12 and $10 for adults. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. Purchase tickets online at portlandcfa.org/2016-chinese-new-year-ticket-order-form.
TEDx-MarylhurstU set for Feb. 18
Marylhurst University will hold TEDx-MarylhurstU Feb. 18 to showcase individuals associated with the university faculty, alumni and students making an impact on the community. Marylhurst Master of Business Administration alum Simon Tam, who has given several TEDx talks across the country, will emcee the event.
There were 100 tickets were made available for this event.
Details and tickets are available online at marylhurst.edu/tedx.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or shorter).
W2Dems to discuss possible ballot measures
Willamette Women Democrats will meet from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Celebrate Conference Center, 15555 S.W. Bangy Road in Lake Oswego. Guest speaker at the meeting will be Adam Davis of DHM Research, who will speak about the possible 2016 ballot measures.
Davis is uniquely qualified to provide insight on how Oregonians will respond to the measures because he conducted the 2013 Oregon Values and Beliefs Survey, as well as several follow up surveys.
As co-founder of DHM Research, an independent, nonpartisan firm specializing in conducting opinion research, Davis has nearly 40 years of experience in a wide range of areas, from survey design to focus group moderation.
The public is invited to attend the meeting. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat call 503-656-4445.