First Thursday series

Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., will launch a First Thursday series this month to celebrate the student body's rich cultural heritage.

The inaugural event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, and will feature students from Chemawa, a Native American boarding school in Salem. The school's Apache Crown Dancers will perform and have a goal of 'healing the land and educating the public about tribal diversification.'

Chemawa students typically come from reservations in White Mountain and San Carlos, Ariz. They embrace the native culture of regalia making, bead making, basketry and native ceremonies.

November's First Thursday performance will provide a preview of the eighth annual Kanawakasooma Powwow, which will take place noon to 10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the gym. Chako Kum Tux, the student Native American Club, is planning the powwow and will be signing up volunteers to help with the event.

Fireplace Gallery

The Fireplace Gallery and Visual Arts Gallery will again host monthly art exhibits during the fall, winter and spring academic terms.

The November show in the gallery, located in the College Center, features 'A House Divided Across 150 Aprils' by Allen Schmertzler, which reflects on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The exhibit can be seen 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Friday.

A public reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the gallery.

Visual Arts Gallery

The Visual Arts Gallery will present the works of artists Dan Alley and Sarah Davis through Monday, Nov. 21, in a show titled 'Writhe and Twist.' The exhibit will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Alley describes his sculptures as a manipulation of various materials exploring concepts of what is 'strong, weak, old and new.' He likes to 'juxtapose basic elements such as wood, steel, copper, stone, ceramic and glass to accent their inherent qualities and reveal their shortcomings.'

Davis' latest ceramic works explore 'the wealth of creative possibilities in combining bottomless thrown pieces with slabs to create soft, intimate forms.' She also says some of her works are decorated with 'delicately carved freehand brushwork, infused with energy and movement.'

All these events are free and open to the public. Parking permits may be purchased for $3 at ticket kiosks located by the flagpoles and gym.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).

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