Take advantage of these events planned for the Lake Oswego Reads program, based on “Running the Rift” by Naomi Benaron. Most events are free; some request reservations to prepare adequate seating.

This week’s events include:

  • Tonight at 7:15 p.m. — View a screening of “Komora: To Heal,” a documentary co-directed by Emmanuel Habimana and sponsored by National Geographic. Habimana was only 9 during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and his powerful story of survival is told through the film.

    Today he is committed to a vision of a world that increases in peace, hope and reconciliation. He was awarded a scholarship at Lewis & Clark College where he is currently enrolled.

    A question-and-answer session will follow the screening. The event is free, however reservations are encouraged. RSVP online at

  • Feb. 1, 7 p.m. — Attend a presentation by Carl Wilkens, nationally recognized speaker and former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda. Wilkens was the only American who chose to stay in Rwanda after the genocide began in 1994.

    His presentation will include stories from both sides of the 1994 genocide as well as information on what life is like in Rwanda today.

    This event takes place in the council chambers at Lake Oswego City Hall.

  • Feb. 4, 7 p.m. — Attend a panel discussion with local Olympic athletes, including Terry Dischinger, (1960 Olympics, basketball), Alison Gregorka (2008 Olympics, water polo) and Je Gyoung Kim (1992 Olympics, tae kwon do). The discussion will include their motivation to strive for Olympic excellence, what it was like to attend the Olympics and their current involvement with their sports.

    This event takes place at the Lakewood Center for the Arts.

  • Feb. 5, 7 p.m. — The Lake Oswego Public Library’s First Tuesday music series will present musician Enric Sifa, who lived through the Rwandan genocide. To comfort himself and other children living on the streets, he began singing his mother’s songs. Now he speaks and performs in both Rwanda and the United States, advocating for marginalized children.

    This event occurs at the Library.

  • Feb. 6, 7 p.m. — Oswego Heritage Council’s First Wednesday lecture series will feature Lake Oswegan Victoria Trabosh. Trabosh, founding board member and president of Itafari Foundation, and members of the Rwandan community will tell their stories of Rwanda.

    Trabosh spoke at the United Nations in 2008 about what happens when we forgot the cost of a holocaust or genocide. She passionately believes each person can make a difference in the world.

    This event takes place at the Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego.

  • Feb. 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Unveiling reception and opening of the month-long exhibit of art inspired by “Running the Rift.” Pieces created by 19 local artists will be on display at Graham’s Stationery. Chrisman Picture Frame & Gallery next door will feature art by high school students. The public is invited to come and meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments at both businesses.

  • Feb. 8, 1 p.m. — The first of many book discussion groups will take place at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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