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         Programs for Adults in April 




Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. -- Free the Poetry! Tuesday Night Poetry Series
All Fools' Day Poetry Writing Workshop
with Poet Susan Wooldridge

Susan Wooldridge is the author of  Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words, among other books. Anne Lamott writes, "poemcrazy is a wonderful book, smart, wide-eyed, joyful, helpful, inspiring.  You're going to love it and love writing poetry more for having read it. " Susan Wooldridge's approach to poetry is loved by creative people of all sorts, and her book is used in places ranging from the Denver and Rhode Island Public Schools to Brown and Evergreen Universities, the Virginia Writing Project and the Guggenheim Museum Curriculum online.  Here is your chance to attend a workshop with this gifted poet, teacher, and author.  This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation; by the California Center for the Book; and by the Humboldt County Library.   This class is likely to be popular so you will want to come early to be sure of a seat.  All ages are welcome from 6 and up.  Susan Wooldridge will also visit the McKinleyville Library and Fortuna Library.



Wednesday April 2, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Free Tax Preparation with VITA
By appointment.  Call 2-1-1 to get an appointment to have your taxes done for FREE by IRS-Certified Volunteer Tax Preparers. Choose preparation at the Library or in other convenient locations.  Your forms will be eFiled so that you get your return quickly.

Saturday April 5, 1:00 p.m. -- Humboldt County Historical Society Lecture Series
Earthquakes of Humboldt County
With Arlene Hartin
Arlene Hartin, a former Humboldt County Historical Society president, will present facts and stories from Humboldt's many earthquakes, including the quake of October 1, 1895, when "scarcely a house in Eureka escaped fracture in its brickworks" as recorded in the Petaluma Journal, and the 1906 earthquake, as well as the 1954 earthquake, the Cape Mendocino earthquake of 1992, and the quake of January 2010, just to name a few.  Everyone has earthquake stories, and the audience is invited to share their own as time permits.



Tuesday April 8, 6:30 p.m.  -- Free the Poetry! Tuesday Night Poetry Series
Poet Jerry Martien & Poet-Musician Joanna Reichhold 
Jerry Martien is the author of a collection of poetry, Pieces in Place, a nonfiction book: Shell Game: A True Account of Beads and Money in North America, and a spoken word CD, Jerry Martien & the Band of Angels.  He has taught creative writing and nature writing at HSU, at CR, and in the Poets in the Schools Program.  Poet Gary Snyder describes Jerry Martien's poetry as a "demanding apprenticeship to water, stones, boards, and words... deeply felt poems.  Forceful yet sweetly subtle"  Read a poem by Jerry Martien here on tnellen.com .
Joanna Reichhold performs poems, original songs, and sea chanties, and lives in salmon country from Cordova, Alaska to Arcata, California. She's worked as a deckhand: seining, gillnetting, and tendering on the Copper River Flats and Prince William Sound. She's also been seen performing at the Kodiak OutLoud! Festival, New Bedford's Working Waterfront festival, Elko's Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and at Cordova's 'In Em' Fisher Folk Festival.  This is a voice you might hear when the waves crash on a stormy day.  Hear Joanna Reichhold and find out more about her on inthetote.com.


Wednesday April 9, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Free Tax Preparation with VITA
By appointment.  Call 2-1-1 to get an appointment to have your taxes done for FREE by IRS-Certified Volunteer Tax Preparers. Choose preparation at the Library or in other convenient locations.  Your forms will be eFiled so that you get your return quickly.


Thursday April 10, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Armchair Travel, with Tips for Aspiring International Volunteers
Bangladesh Through a Volunteer's Eyes
with Barry Evans

Barry Evans (the North Coast Journal "Field Notes" columnist) just spent a month helping Save the Children document what the organization is doing to help alleviate poverty by increasing crop yields in the flood-prone delta region of Bangladesh. He will share photos, anecdotes, and tips for aspiring international volunteers. Nearly surrounded by India, Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries, home to 160 million people in an area one-third the size of California (compare that with about 37 million people in all of California). Barisal "division" (equivalent to a state) is a low-lying delta, prone to annual flooding and at risk from cyclones. Save the Children's long-term goal in this area is to improve the standard of living of Barisal's mostly agricultural people by reducing their susceptibility to disasters and increasing their crop yields. Barry Evans was recruited to document one component of Save the Children's efforts. He traveled to remote sites, interviewed villagers and took photographs of what he saw in order to create a 30-page "showcase" booklet.



Tuesday, April 15, TAX DAY, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Free Tax Preparation with VITA
By appointment.
 
Call 2-1-1 to get an appointment to have your taxes done for FREE by IRS-Certified Volunteer Tax Preparers. Choose preparation at the Library or in other convenient locations.  Your forms will be eFiled so that you get your return quickly.

Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. -- Film Series: The Lubitsch Touch - Wit, Satire and Romance from Ernst Lubitsch
TO BE OR NOT TO BE,
Hosted by Michael Logan

Original story by Melchior Lengyel.   Benny and Lombard play husband-and-wife ham actors, whose squabbling Polish theater troupe is put out of business by invading Nazis - until they become involved in espionage and find their thespian skills being put to the ultimate test. A comic high-wire act that manages to balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense. Starring Carole Lombard and Jack Benny.  Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
(1942 / b&w / 99 min.)

Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. -- Film Series: The Lubitsch Touch - Wit, Satire and Romance from Ernst Lubitsch
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER
Hosted by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill 

Based on the play Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo (originally titled Illatszertar.)  A Budapest gift-shop clerk and the newly hired shopgirl hate each other almost at first sight. At work, they argue incessantly, never suspecting that they are carrying on a tender romance through the mail, as anonymous pen pals. Later remade as the movie musical In the Good Old Summertime, and the modern rom-com You've Got Mail. Starring James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, and Frank Morgan. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
(1940 / b&w / 99 min.)



Friday, April 25, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. -  Theatrical Production
Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods'
BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2013/2014
Fup, by Jim Dodge: A Readers' Theater Adaptation

A  live theatrical production of the entertaining book Fup, created and presented to you by James Floss, HSU instructor, and talented students: Terry Desch, Sally and Guthrie L'Herogan, Bonnie Mesinger, Francene Rizza, Lynne Wells,  Bob Wells, and Beau Hopkins.   Fup tells the story of Jake Santee, his grandson Tiny, and their adopted mallard, Fup, living on a farm in the hills of western Sonoma County.  The critter named in the title is an eccentric duck with a fondness for drinking moonshine. (Please note that all of Jim Dodge's salty language is intact.)  HSU Communications Instructor James Floss and the Fup-Ducked Readers, a group of seasoned Chamber Reader Alumni, will stage a word-for-word adaptation of the acclaimed novella, with a student-created visual accompaniment, and an intermission.   Hilarity is intertwined with themes of love, magic, death and transcendence. The Sacramento Bee says, "often eloquent, and always funny, Fup is a contemporary tall tale that ranks with the best."  The Los Angeles Times warns that "nothing... prepares us for the miraculous transfiguration that brings Fup to its haunting conclusion." 


Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.-- Film Series: The Lubitsch Touch - Wit, Satire and Romance from Ernst Lubitsch
NINOTCHKA 
Hosted by Charity Grella

Original story by Melchior Lengyel.  Three Soviet emissaries arrive in Paris to sell some jewelry for the government, but soft capitalist ways begin to corrupt them, and their stern and humorless superior, Comrade Nina Ivanovna, arrives to take over their mission. When she meets a charming playboy, her cold exterior thaws and east-west romance results; but soon major complications arise... Starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas.  Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
(1939 / b&w / 110 min.)


and.... EVENTS COMING UP IN MAY



Saturday, May 3, at 1:00 p.m. -- Humboldt County Historical Society Lecture Series
World War II Radar Station B71
with Liam Carey-Rand

Liam Carey Rand, Park Ranger and Interpreter at Redwood National Park, presents a history of the World War II Radar Station B71, one of a chain of early warning radar stations built along the coast following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Station B-71 was built just south of the Klamath River in what is now Redwood National Park. It is unique in that it was the only station designed and built to appear as a farm. Thanks to the preservation efforts of Redwood National Park, this site still stands as a testament to an aspect of World War II that is often forgotten.




Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. -- Film Series: The Lubitsch Touch - Wit, Satire and Romance from Ernst Lubitsch
DESIGN FOR LIVING 
Hosted by Bob Doran

Based on the play by Noel Coward. A playwright and an artist both fall in love with a beautiful American living in Paris. Both men love the woman, and she can't make up her mind between the two men, so the threesome decide to move in together--strictly platonically, of course. As the men gain in success and prominence, the chasteness of the menage a trois begins to be threatened.  Starring Fredric March, Gary Cooper and Miriam Hopkins.  Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
(1933 / b&w / 91 min.)


 



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