February 22, 7-9pm - Wallowa County Kick off event: Potluck and Talent Show. Bring a dish to share that answers the question, "If you had one last trip to the grocery store, what would you buy? What would you make?" Bring a talent, too! At the Hurricane Creek Grange Hall. More info at fishtrap.org
March 1, 7-9pm - Wallowa County Book discussion and talk, "What if? Disaster Preparedness: How does setting contribute to survival?" Discussion led by Winding Waters. Location TBD. More info at fishtrap.org
March 2, 6-8pm - Art Center East, La Grande Union County kick off event: Museum of Civilization opening reception + the Shakespeare Monologue Contest. Monologue contest starts at 6:00pm. Contestants should arrive at 5:30pm to sign up for a performance time.
March 3, 11am-1pm - JaxDog Cafe & Books, La Grande Drop-in Book Discussion. Stop by between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to chat about Station Eleven with fellow readers. Discussion prompts will be provided to help get things rolling. Settle in with refreshments from the cafe or just dive into the conversation!
March 3 & 4, 10am-4pm - Art Center East, La Grande Digital Storytelling workshop. Learn how to build a digital story using iMovie on provided iPads. FREE! Participants must attend both days. Registration info here.
March 8, 7-9pm - Wallowa County Graphic novel storytelling lecture and conversation with Joseph-native, Portland-based artist, Mike Lawrence. More info at fishtrap.org
March 7, 4:30-5:30pm - Cook Memorial Library, La Grande Teen Book Club. The library's Teen Zone will host a special teen-only Station Eleven book discussion open to all teenagers in the area. Contact the Cook Memorial Library if you or your teen needs help locating a copy of Station Eleven in order to join the discussion.
March 10, 11am-1pm - JaxDog Cafe & Books, La Grande Drop-in Book Discussion. Stop by between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to chat about Station Eleven with fellow readers. Discussion prompts will be provided to help get things rolling. Settle in with refreshments from the cafe or just dive into the conversation!
March 15, 7-9pm - Wallowa County "Love, Death, and Dirty Jokes: Shakespeare and the Common Man," a discussion led by Morgan Green. More info at fishtrap.org
March 17, 11am-1pm - JaxDog Cafe & Books, La Grande Drop-in Book Discussion. Stop by between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to chat about Station Eleven with fellow readers. Discussion prompts will be provided to help get things rolling. Settle in with refreshments from the cafe or just dive into the conversation!
March 22, 7-9pm - Wallowa County Screening of Star Trek Voyager episode "Survival Instinct," in which the quote used in Station Eleven - "Survival is insufficient" - appears. More info at fishtrap.org
March 24, 11am-1pm - JaxDog Cafe & Books, La Grande Drop-in Book Discussion. Stop by between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to chat about Station Eleven with fellow readers. Discussion prompts will be provided to help get things rolling. Settle in with refreshments from the cafe or just dive into the conversation!
March 24, 7-8pm - Wallowa County Big Read Finale at Hurricane Creek Grange Hall. More info at fishtrap.org
In partnership with Fishtrap, Eastern Oregon University, the Cook Memorial Library and JaxDog Cafe & Books, Art Center East is excited to bring the Fishtrap Big Read to Union County! The Big Read is a community-wide event designed to inspire conversation and discovery through the joy of sharing a good book. Community members are invited to read this year’s book - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - before or during the Big Read, which kicks off in Wallowa County on February 22 at the Hurricane Creek Grange and in Union County on March 2 at Art Center East. Free community events will follow through the month of March in both Union and Wallowa counties, including a Museum of Civilization at Art Center East, book discussions, talks, and much more. Start reading now, and follow Big Read happenings in northeast Oregon here and at fishtrap.org
The Big Read is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, Community Bank (Joseph branch), and Pacific Power. Local support in Union County is provided by Art Center East. All Big Read events in Union and Wallowa Counties are free and open to all.
Help us Create the Museum of Civilization!
The 2018 Big Read book selection, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where things like gasoline and electricity no longer exist. In the story, some of the characters build a museum full of items left behind by civilization as it once was – a driver’s license, a laptop, a motorcycle – meant to commemorate objects that no longer play a functional role but that remain meaningful.
ACE’s Museum of Civilization will follow a similar theme – filled with objects from our daily lives and the ways we identify with and value them – and we need your help to make it happen! Starting February 1, we’ll accept submissions to the museum, which will be on display at Art Center East from March 2-24 in conjunction with the Big Read and associated events. The March 2 opening night of the Museum will feature a Shakespeare Monologue contest.
- An item from the past that has become obsolete but still captivates you. (a typewriter, an old camera or tool, a churn)
- An item from the present that you would miss if you could no longer get / use it, in a situation similar to that depicted in Station Eleven. (coffee, a speaker, a blender, high heels)
What can I bring? We’ll accept almost anything for the Museum that fits one of the above categories. We ask that you avoid perishables or very large objects (we lack the means to display them). Please know that you display object(s) at your own risk – although we do our best, we cannot guarantee the object(s)’s security.
When / Where do I bring it? We’re accepting objects from Feb 1 - Mar 16. The Museum opens to the public on Mar 2, so objects submitted before that date will be displayed for the entirety of the exhibit (Mar 2-24). Bring your object(s) to: Art Center East, 1006 Penn Ave, La Grande during business hours: M-F 10am-4pm + Sat 12-4pm.
Union County Big Read Kick-Off
March 2 at 6pm
Join us for the opening of our Museum of Civilization and a Shakespeare Monologue Contest! We expect it to be a high energy evening with fun for all!
Shakespeare Monologue Contest Details:
Community members are invited to participate in a Shakespeare Monologue Contest starting at 6 PM on Friday, Mar. 2, at Art Center East, 1006 Penn Ave, La Grande.
Contestants should prepare a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays, using dramatic skills and/or ingenuity to make the monologue memorable. Monologues may be delivered seriously or as a rap song or as a collaborative choral production or accompanied by clogging or using a whoopee cushion—whatever the actor(s) prefer(s). Monologues should last no more than five minutes. A microphone will be provided, if needed. Please keep language appropriate for young audience members.
Contestants should arrive around 5:30 PM to sign up for a slot.
The contest will be judged by three celebrity judges: Steve Clements, Mayor of La Grande; Grant Turner, founder of the La Grande Shakespeare Company and owner of Looking Glass Books; and Kenn Wheeler, Associate Professor of Theater at Eastern Oregon University.
The contest winner will take home a $25 cash prize, $25 ACE gift card, and a commemorative Yorick Skull trophy that must be defended or passed on to the victor of the 2019 contest, should such a contest occur. All contestants will receive a $10 coupon for ACE classes. Questions about Big Read events in Union and Wallowa counties? Call 541-624-2800 or send us an e-mail!