ACC event will explore conversations about race
The election of Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency in 2008 seemed to signal a shift in the way Americans talk and think about race. For many, it meant the opportunity to broach the topic of race more openly, even when that included addressing claims of a "post-racial" America.
Obama's presidency has ended, of course, but the subject of race continues to dominate national conversations. On Jan. 16, writer and professor Kim Singletary will explore the challenges and benefits of this shift in national racial consciousness during a special presentation at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center called "After Obama: Talking Race in America Today."
Singletary, a visiting professor at Willamette University and a Fulbright Scholar, will ask attendees to consider the ways in which we are more or less reluctant to discuss race with our family, friends and strangers; the conversation will also touch on best practices for encouraging constructive "race talks" within participants' communities.
The event, part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Dogwood Room at the ACC (505 G Ave.). Admission is free, although reservations are suggested. For more information, contact the center at 503-635-3758.
Go 'behind the scenes' with Lakewood Associates
Nancy McDonald, an actor, producer, director and educator who has appeared in more than 40 theater productions, will offer a "look behind the curtain" on Jan. 18 when she addresses the monthly meeting of the Lakewood Center Associates.
In addition to leading acting classes at the Lakewood Center, McDonald works with children in local elementary schools and junior highs and with the Oregon Children's Theatre in Portland. She founded the Shakespeare Stage Company in New York and the Writers Lab in Los Angeles; her directing credits include "A Scrooge Mart Christmas Carol" and "The End of the World and Other Funny Stuff" for No Illusions Theatre and "Connections: Scenes of Life and Love" on Lakewood's Headlee Mainstage.
Her acting credits include work on the soap opera "All My Children."
LOPD arrests eight for impaired driving
Lake Oswego Police officers arrested eight drivers for DUII incidents in December as part of a nationwide enforcement operation conducted during regular-duty patrols, the department said last week. Seven of the arrests were for alcohol-related offenses; one was for controlled substances.
Some of those arrests came during a high-visibility DUII enforcement event from Dec.15-Jan. 1. According to LOPD Lt. Doug Treat, other citations included 66 for speeding, 16 for unlawful cellphone use, nine for driving while suspended and three for safety-belt infractions.
Treat said drivers arrested for DUII can be subject to a number of monetary fines, have their license suspended and spend time in jail.
"Stay safe, take care of your friends and family, find a designated driver if needed and keep others from driving if they appear impaired," Treat said. "Please act responsibly and drive sober."