This week's LO Reads events
This week's lineup of Lake Oswego Reads programs includes these events.
For the complete schedule visit lakeoswegoreads.com or pick up a schedule at the Lake Oswego Library (706 Fourth St.) or The Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings (400 Second St., Lake Oswego).
The events are free unless noted otherwise.
Feb. 13 (7 p.m.) — Author Cristina Henriquez will have an onstage conversation about "The Book of Unknown Americans" at Lake Oswego High School auditorium, 2501 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego. Seating is limited and tickets are required. Those without tickets will be seated at 6:45 p.m. if seats are available. To submit a question for Henriquez to address during the event visit http://lakeoswegoreads.org/question.
Feb. 15 (5 to 7 p.m.) — Attend the opening reception of HERE Now: Art Inspired by the Immigrant Experience at the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, 510 1st St., Lake Oswego. Enjoy a conversation with the artists, all of whom are immigrants to the U.S.
Feb. 15 (7 p.m.) — Mexico City native Sofia Torres McKay, co-owner of Cramoisi Vineyard in Dundee, will share her inspirational story of immigration and discuss the importance of vineyard stewards to the Oregon wine industry. She is active in the Ahi Voy and Salud programs, which support vineyard workers' career growth and healthcare needs. McKay will also offer a tasting of her wines. The event takes place at the library, 706 4th St., Lake Oswego.
Feb. 16 (10 a.m.) — Take a class on personal safety at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego Police will teach strategies to keep you aware of your surroundings, recognize signs of danger and taking action if needed.
Feb. 16 (11 a.m.) — Food played an important role in the lives of the characters in "The Book of Unknown Americans," as they remembered traditions in their home countries. Purchase delicious foods from Lupita's Restaurant's food truck at the LOACC, then come inside for activities.
Feb. 18 (7 p.m.) — Hear a candid conversation with a panel of immigrants as they talk about their experiences, challenges and lives. Panelists include Jorge Zuniga, owner of Casa del Pollo serving Costa Rican foods; attorney Luis Garcia of the law firm Marandas & Sinlapasai, P.C. and others. Moderator is Walleska Marandas. The conversation takes place in the community room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego.
Feb. 19 (3:30 p.m.) — Librarian-led book discussion at Chuck's Place, 148 B Ave., Lake Oswego.
Feb. 19 (7 p.m.) — Enrique Ruiz will explain that Pineros y Campesinos Undios del Noroeste (PCUN) is focused on building the political power of all Latinx working families in Oregon. From its beginnings as a labor union for farm workers in the 1980s, PCUN has evolved and founded Accion Politica PCUNista, which has changed Oregon's political landscape. APP has accomplished monumental feats, such as helping elect Oregon's first immigrant Latina to the state legislature, Oregon's first Latinx-majority school board and helping pass school bonds equaling $7 million. The presentation takes place at the library, 706 4th St., Lake Oswego.
Feb. 20 (11:45 a.m.) — Lake Oswego Women's Coalition will present David Salerno Owens for a presentation on "A Better Tomorrow: How Equity is Influencing Opportunities for All" at The Stafford, 1200 Overlook Drive, Lake Oswego. Owens is the director of Equity and Strategic Initiatives for Lake Oswego School District, and will give an update on the district's foundational plan for ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of relationships with all students and staff. Registration is required; lunch cost is $20. Reserve a seat by calling 503-638-1589.
Feb. 20 (7 p.m.) — Hear about VOZ Workers' Rights Education Program. Founded in 2000, VOZ is a worker-led organization in the Portland metro area whose mission is to empower diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve their working conditions. They protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity. The event takes place at the library.
Feb. 21 (7 p.m.) — First-generation Latina Linda Castillo will share her experience. As the eldest daughter of farm workers, she was the first in her family to graduate from high school and college. She was appointed by Gov. Brown to serve as the chair of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and brings years of experience working for social justice, Chicano civil rights and her history working for Multnomah County and now the City of Portland with immigrants and refugees to her position with this important statewide advocacy commission. The event takes place in City Hall Council Chambers, 380 A Ave., Lake Oswego.
— The Review, Tidings