Film depicts Mexico's only military unit to serve during World War II
The Newberg Public Library and the Chehalem Cultural Center are joining forces to showcase a documentary film about a rare alliance between Mexico and the United States during World War II.
On Friday the CCC will show "The Forgotten Eagles" at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. Directed by Victor Mancilla and written by Phillip Badger and Rodger Marrs, the documentary tells the story of the "Aztec Eagle" aviators of Fighter Squadron 201, the only Mexican military unit to serve in combat outside of that country.
"It's kind of making a bridge between people in the community between countries that have been natural allies in the past," said library director William Worthey. "Those relationships have seemed a bit strained at times with the current political climate … it's interesting to have a look about a period of close Mexican-American cooperation."
The alliance was created by a special wartime agreement between U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Mexico President Manuel Avila Camacho. The volunteer aviators and support personnel went on to help American forces liberate the Philippines.
The film is also part of the library's push to increase adult programming for the community, Worthey said.
"It's important that people have access to educational opportunities that may help them think in new and fresh ways about the world and the human experience," he added. "Whether it's a documentary like this, whether it's a foreign movie or whether it's learning a new craft or practice like beekeeping… that stuff just enriches people's lives and it helps them meet their neighbors."
Worthey said he hopes Newberg's large Latino population will also help drive interest in the event.
"The last couple of events that have happened at the Black Box have sold out," he added. "We're currently at 36 people (for the event). I'm hoping we do get up to 50."
Worthey added that he is excited for the opportunity to bring the different cultures together, even if it's for one night.
"I hope they walk away with a renewed sense of friendship with their neighbors, especially with their community members who maybe don't have great English skills," he said.
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Native Plant Society talk will look at Oregon Flora Project
McMINNVILLE – The Cheahmill Chapter of the Native Plant Society will host Stephen Meyers, taxonomic director the Oregon Flora Project, in a talk set for 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Carnegie Room of the McMinnville Public Library, 225 N.W. Adams St.
Meyers will give a short review on developments at the Oregon Flora Project and lead a discussion of past and recent plant name changes.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m.
Spring fashion show set for Feb. 7 at church
Little Bird Boutique will present its Valentine Spring 2020 Fashion show from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at Grace Baptist Church, 1619 E. Second St. Inspirational speaker DeAnn Chambers will deliver a talk headlined "When Life Falls Apart" and music will be provided by Ken Cardoza.
"This event is for all the women in Newberg," a press release from the organization said. "Newberg doesn't have any place for women to go where they can meet other women and laugh, eat baked goods and drink coffee, listen to live music, inspirational speaker and see what stores have moved into town …"
Organizers ask that attendees make reservations by Feb. 5; entrance is $5.
For more information, call or text Theresa at 503-789-2910 or Jennifer at 503-330-1714.
Choir looking for singers
'McMINNVILLE -- The McMinnville Women's Choir is seeking new members and to that end will hold its New Member Night at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the sanctuary at Cooperative Ministries Center, 544 N.E. Second St.
"All women who think they might enjoy singing with a large group of other women singers are invited to attend the initial gathering," a press release said. "This is a no-pressure opportunity to meet some of the returning and new prospective members and learn a little more about who makes up the choir and what the expectations and plans for the coming season will be.At the event, the choir will sing some simple songs so new attendees can experience what the choir is about, then follow up with social time.
The choir, the release said, is open to all women singers. There is no audition and limited singing experience and knowledge of music are not barriers as choir members help each other grow in their abilities. The choir numbers more than 50 women from all over Yamhill County as well as from adjoining counties, and range in age from high school to retirees.
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