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Tourism Workshop Held June 9

May 16, 2014 County No Comments

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A workshop that enables heritage organizations, sites and businesses to improve and enhance heritage tourism potential will take place June 9 in Springfield.

“The workshop will focus on how heritage groups and entrepreneurs collectively and individually can be more successful in their tourism efforts,” said Kyle Jansson, coordinator of the Oregon Heritage Commission. The commission, along with NEDCO (Neighborhood Economic Development Corp.) as co-sponsor, is organizing the free workshop.

A study sponsored by the Heritage Commission two years ago showed that 83 percent of the leisure travelers in Oregon travel to experience the places, people, activities and things that authentically represent the past and present. These cultural heritage travelers also spend more than the average tourist.

Workshop participants will learn about the values and needs of these travelers, identify community and organizational assets that could appeal to travelers, learn about successful cultural collaborations, and identify ways to work collaboratively to tap opportunities to increase heritage tourism.

Pre-registration for the workshop is strongly encouraged. A registration form is available at www.oregonheritage.org For more information about the workshop, which will take place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Sprout! Regional Food Hub, 418 A St., contact Kyle Jansson at heritage.info@oregon.gov or 503-986-0673.

“Ordinary People” is May’s Literary Flick

May 9, 2014 Newport No Comments

Ordinary_People_coverThe Newport Public Library will be showing the film Ordinary People on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. This 1980 film is based on the 1976 novel by Judith Guest. Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore star as Calvin and Beth Jarrett, the upper-middle class parents of Conrad, played by Timothy Hutton. The family struggles to return to “normal” after their eldest son died in a boating accident, and Conrad returns home from the hospital after a suicide attempt. The film marked the directorial debut of Robert Redford, who won an Academy Award for Best Director. Other Academy Award wins include Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton), Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

This movie will be shown at no charge in the McEntee Meeting Room of the library. For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or check its website.

(Information from Newport Library)

Straight Allies at May 14 PFLAG Meeting

May 6, 2014 County No Comments

PFLAG logo“Straight Allies” is the topic of the Oregon Central Coast PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) monthly meeting at 6 PM on Wed., May 14, at St. Stephen’s Church at SW 9th & Hurbert in Newport. While many of its members and supporters are members of the LGBT community and their families, PFLAG depends on its friends in the straight community. A panel of “Straight Allies” will tell how and why they became involved as supporters of their LGBT friends, colleagues, or fellow church members. You are invited to join the panel and tell of your experiences.

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to identify at LGBT – or Q, Q, I, or A – or even know what those letters stand for! We are interested in the person, not the label.  Come with your questions, with your uncertainty; come to offer or ask for support, just come with an open mind and an open heart. You are very welcome!

PFLAG is a national organization established to support gays, their families and friends through its mission of Education, Support and Advocacy. Research shows that LGBT students who receive support from their families, schools and communities are able to survive the stress and challenges far better than students who don’t have that support.

PFLAG provides factual and helpful information and personal connections for families whose children or teens believe they may be among the minority in gender orientation or identity. For more information, call Jeanne St.John at 541-265-7194.

(Information from PFLAG)

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