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Javier Garcia will speak on the William Penn Honors Program at the university

A successful literary program at George Fox University will be the topic of conversation at the next Legacy League luncheon.

Featured speaker at the event set for noon Friday at the Chehalem Cultural Center will be Javier Garcia, the university's director of the William Penn Honors Program and an assistant professor of religious studies. Garcia joined the GFU staff in 2016 after completing his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in England. Prior to that he earned degrees in philosophy and French from Georgetown University and was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He has presented research papers at universities in the UnitedJacier Garcia, George Fox University's director of the William Penn Honors Program, whill speak on the program at the next Legacy Luncheon, set for Nov. 8. States, United Kingdom and throughout Europe.

Garcia will be charged with explaining the school's honors program, which embraces a "Great Books" program for high-achieving undergrad students.

"They take one Great Books seminar each semester in addition to major coursework and other electives within the university," a release said, further explaining that the honors coursework fulfills general education requirements, except for one math and one lab science course.

With a limit of 18 students per seminar and two professors, the student-faculty ratio is low. While professors do not lecture, they do employ the Socratic method in order to spark and guide discussion through questions.

The host of the talk, the Legacy League, was formerly known as the George Fox Auxiliary. Its purpose is to raise funds for student scholarships and last year the group generated more than $25,000 that was added to an endowment that last year funded three scholarships.

Cost is $10 for the luncheon. Reservations for Friday's talk must be made by Wednesday (Nov. 6) by calling Judy Woolsey at 503-538-7314 or Connie Magee at 503-927-5011 or online at georgefox.edu/legacy/league.

Arts & Leisure briefs

Know your mushrooms?

The Cheahmill Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will hold a mushroom identification and foraging class at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Carnegie Room at the McMinnville Public Library, 225 N.W. Adams St. Rachel Zoller, a member of the Oregon Mycological society, will share information about mushroom identification, foraging and fungal/plan associations. A social time will begin at 6:45 p.m.

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Dancer will perform in ballet's 'Petrushka'

Dundee youth Sarah Morgan, 10, a fifth-grade student at Edwards Elementary School, has secured a role in the upcoming Portland Ballet production of "Petrushka" on Thanksgiving weekend. Morgan will comprise the role of a Matrushka doll, according to a press release, which added that she has been studying ballet for five years, including stints locally at Marchant Ballet and the Chehalem Valley Dance Academy.

Mobile home park sets sale

Mountain View Mobile Park, 2901 E. Second St., will hold its annual craft sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8-9 in the park's clubhouse. On sale will be craft items, art and food. For more information, call Carol Morter at 503-577-4550.

Band slates concert at GFU

Newberg Community Band will perform classical pieces by Moazart and Bach, as well as marches from John Phillip Sousa and John Williams in November. Additional pieces will include "A Childhood Remembered" by Galante, "Dancing on Water" by Ticheli and some patriotic favorites. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Bauman Auditorium at George Fox University. For more information, call 503-487-7624 or visit www.newbergcommunityband.com.


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