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Special sale at Re-Runs takes place May 18, 19, in celebration of Lakewood Center Associates long history of support to Lakewood programs

Lakewood Center Associates members Joanne Sedleniek, Nancy McEwan and Linda Dunn pose at the counter in the Re-Runs Thrift Shop.

The show must go on.

That has been the winning attitude the past 35 years of the Lakewood Center Associates, the support auxiliary for Lakewood Center for the Arts. The Associates, as they call themselves, invite the public to join in toasting their long tenure of service by shopping at a special Re-Runs 35th Anniversary Celebration and Sale May 18 and 19.

The celebration sale will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19. There will be complimentary refreshments, hourly drawings for prizes, entertainment and a special half-price sale on all green tagged items.

The shop's origin dates back to 1984, when a group of visionary theater enthusiasts formed the Lakewood Center Associates. The group decided to raise funds to support the Lakewood Center by opening a small thrift shop. This shop, called Re-Runs, has developed into one of the region's most highly regarded gift and consignment shops, and more than 80 Associates serve as sales clerks over the course of the month, with 14 board members offering oversight on training, bookkeeping and management of the operations.

The Associates provide indespensible assistance through their volunteerism at the Lakewood Center for the Arts. With membership now at 170, the group has raised more than $2 million for the center and its programs.

Re-Runs carries an interesting and varied collection of furniture, home decor, jewelry and artwork for sale.

"Shoppers are always impressed by the warmth of the many volunteers staffing the shop who offer friendly and helpful service," said Joan Freed, current president of the Associates. "Tuesdays are especially busy and an exciting time to be at Re-Runs. Between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. eager consigners show off their items and confern on sale prices with the consigment staff. Once an item is sold 60% of the price goes to the consigner, while 40% stays with Lakewood to help support its arts programs for the community."

Donations are another big piece of the fundraising puzzle.

"When someone donates items to the shop they receive a tax receipt and 100% of the revenue benefits Lakewood Center," Freed said. "Community members who are downsizing, moving or just doing spring cleaning find the shop to be a wonderful way to help their precious items

find a new and welcoming home."

Re-Runs is located on the main level of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego.

Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store will be open for additional hours during the run of "Singing in the Rain" through June 9. It will be open one hour before each performance.

COURTESY PHOTOS:  - The original founding members and longterm volunteers include from left Glenice Jones, Jane Cook, Yvonne Cauthorn, Mary Wolfe, Harriet McEvers, June Tofte, Carol Strader, Kay Vega, Grace Wygal, Sally Robinson, Jean Cleary and seated from left Connie Godish, Sharon Plumb, Dee Denton and Joan Hart.

Lakewood Center Associates will hold its monthly luncheon meeting May 16 starting at 10:30 a.m. Guest speakers will be Selena Young, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts coordinator, with Tammy Jo Wilson, Lewis & Clark College's Visual Arts and Technology program manager and co-founder of Art in Oregon.

Lunch fee is $10 payable by cash or check. Reserve a seat by calling 503-342-6702.

The current board members of the Lakewood Center Associates include standing from left, Nancy Hawkins, Jeanne Denton, Mary Genn, Mary Lou Coronado, Vicki Clark, Paula Kanarek, Joanne Sedleniek, Annie Arkebauer, Linda Mortensen, Evon Murphy, Marcia Rudick, Bonnie Kroft, Peggy Bryant, Shauna Krieger and seated from left, Karen Mela, Joan Freed, Jan Coulton, Nancy Carter and Nancy Jones. Not pictured are Nancy Sargeant, Esther Halvorson-Hill, Karen Filkens, Jo Ann Parsons, Sue Hone, Linda Dunn, Alice Duff, Arlene Stebbins and  Peggy Coker.


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