Meet the Authors- Columbia County Reads
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Meet the Authors- Columbia County Reads

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Meet the Authors- Gregory Nokes and Phillip Margolin

COLUMBIA COUNTY READS 2019 FOCUSES ON HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF OREGON SLAVERY 

The six libraries of Columbia County have selected two books by authors Phillip Margolin and Gregory Nokes for this year’s Columbia County Reads 2019. Both books, one a work of fiction and the other nonfiction, tell the historical account of an Oregon slave who took his former master to court and won the case in 1853. 

Gregory Nokes’s book “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory” is the true account of a former black slave in Polk County who sued his owner for the freedom of his children. Phillip Margolin’s book “Worthy Brown’s Daughter” is a work of fiction based on the account described in Nokes’s nonfiction book. The Columbia County libraries hope that this pairing of a work of fiction and nonfiction will appeal to a broader range of readers: those who enjoy the faster paced narrative of Margolin’s story and those who want to learn the history behind the story by reading Nokes’s book. 

Both authors will jointly give a presentation at:

Clatskanie Library District at the Clatskanie Cultural Center, April 27, 7 p.m. 

Nokes and Margolin will have their books available for purchase at each event. 

Gregory Nokes wrote “Breaking Chains” after learning that one of his ancestors from Missouri brought a slave named Reuben Shipley to Oregon in 1853. Greg, a born and raised Oregonian, had no idea that his ancestors had any involvement with slavery nor that there were ever slaves in Oregon. This led him on a journey to discover and write about the little-known history of black slaves in Oregon. He learned that there may have been as many as 100 slaves brought by early settlers to help establish new farms in the territory. While 100 slaves pales alongside the national statistic of four million slaves, the fact that there were any slaves in Oregon was itself a sad revelation to Greg. Greg tells many of their stories. His book helped inspire the Oregon Public Broadcasting program “Oregon’s Black Pioneers” which aired on February 25, 2019. The program can be accessed on OPB’s Oregon Experience website. 

Phillip Margolin spent over 20 years as an attorney, specializing in criminal defense. He served as an appellate attorney, appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals, before he began writing full time in 1996. His novels, many of which are legal thrillers, have received numerous awards and nominations. “The Last Innocent Man” was made into an HBO movie and “Gone, But Not Forgotten” was turned into a mini-series starring Brooke Shields. 

In 2018, Phillip Margolin and Gregory Nokes made a joint appearance at the Oregon Historical Society’s Book Club to discuss their works. 

Although there are no known instances of slave holding in Columbia County, the Columbia County Museum Association is partnering with the Columbia County libraries to share pictures from Columbia County during the same time period as these accounts. 

St. Helens Public Library was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Columbia County Cultural Coalition to help fund Columbia County Reads 2019. 

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Lynn Trefzger - Ventriloquist Comedienne
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Lynn Trefzger - Ventriloquist Comedienne


Have you ever had a childhood hobby that got out of hand?

That explains Lynn Trefzger’s start as a ventriloquist/comedienne. For over 30 years, Lynn has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. She has performed for audiences worldwide in corporations, colleges, theatres, and cruise ships.

Audiences are treated to Lynn’s vocal illusion talents, when they may meet a drunken and lovable camel, a grumpy old man, a feisty little girl, and may even see some other audience members who are brought up for the action!

Lynn’s off-the-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, no two shows are alike! 

Lynn has received many awards and nominations throughout her career including The American Comedy Awards, Variety Entertainer of the Year, and Comedy Entertainer of the Year by National Association of Campus Activities. She has been nominated for Best Female Performer by Corporate America Magazine, and has been named Funniest Female by Campus Activities Magazine. In 2010, Lynn received the “People’s Choice Award” by the Ohio Arts Presenters Association.

She is a premier entertainer for Disney Cruise Lines, as well as Crystal and Norwegian Cruise Lines. She is also a favorite among many Celebrity Golf Classic Invitationals and the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Nassau, Bahamas. Lynn (and her many voices) has appeared on ABC, TNN, A&E, and Lifetime. She is featured in a recently released comedy/documentary about the art of ventriloquism with Jay Johnson and Jeff Dunham called “I’m No Dummy” by NBC Universal.


When she is not performing for audiences, Lynn is the managing director for her own family of 5 children and one very patient husband!


Tickets:  $20 for adults; $18 for seniors 60+ and students; $15 for children


Tickets may be purchased online at clatskaniearts.org or by calling Elsa at 503.728.3403.

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Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear
Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear

“Across a Barrier of Fear” follows Roosevelt through much of her life, beginning with her early years and concluding with her instrumental role in helping draft the Declaration for Human Rights- what many consider her greatest achievement- while delving into her troubled childhood, marriage and various works.

Tickets: Adult $10, Senior/Student $8, Child $6

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Free Movie- A Christmas Carol
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

Free Movie- A Christmas Carol

Charles Dicken’s Classic heatwarming story brought to life by Academy Award winner George C. Scott in a beautiful, full color production.

Located in the Birkenfeld Theatre

Sponsored by Georgia Pacific

Donations Accepted for the Clatskanie Castle Capital Improvement Fund

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Free Movie- A Christmas Carol
Dec
22
2:00 PM14:00

Free Movie- A Christmas Carol

Charles Dicken’s Classic heatwarming story brought to life by Academy Award winner George C. Scott in a beautiful, full color production.

Located in the Birkenfeld Theatre

Sponsored by Georgia Pacific

Donations Accepted for the Clatskanie Castle Capital Improvement Fund

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Tree Lighting
Dec
1
6:30 PM18:30

Tree Lighting

Come join us for a Christmas in Clatskanie Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Clatskanie Cultural Center Parking lot.

Free Movie- The Search for Santa Paws following at 7 pm in the Birkenfeld Theatre

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Christmas in Clatskanie
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas in Clatskanie

Visits with Santa - Music - Games - Crafts

  • Breakfast with Santa starting at 10:00 AM in the ballroom,

Reservations Required (503) 728-4129

  • Free Holiday Movie - “The Search for Santa Paws” at 1 PM & & 7PM

  • Outdoor Tree Lighting - 6:30 PM

Donations Accepted for the Clatskanie Castle Capital Improvement Fund

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Spaghetti Feed
Sep
26
5:00 PM17:00

Spaghetti Feed

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What’s It Worth? Spaghetti Feed

Come join us for a Spaghetti Feed and help support the Clatskanie Senior Citizens’ Castle Capital Improvement Fund.

All proceeds from the Spaghetti Feed will go directly to help improve the historic Thomas J. Flippin House better known as The Castle.

$10 per plate, upstairs in the Ballroom of the Cultural Center

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What's It Worth?
Sep
26
5:00 PM17:00

What's It Worth?

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What’s It Worth? Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal

Come find out what your valuable treasures are worth and help support the Clatskanie Senior Citizens’ Castle Capital Improvement Fund.

All proceeds from Appraisals will go directly to help improve the historic Thomas J. Flippin House better known as The Castle.

$10 per item, located in the Birkenfeld Theatre

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Chapter T PEO invites you to a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta including a Tamale dinner and entertainment!  All profits go to benefit local womens scholarships.  Be sure to wear your favorite sombrero!

Tickets available for purchase at Farmhouse Coffee and Fultano's Pizza.

$25 per person, margaritas and beer available for purchase.

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