Local resident receives recognition for stage play: Sellwood jewelry designer Cari Quistberg's play "Hector of LA" has been selected as a finalist in The Garry Marshall Theatre 2019 New Works Festival. Quistberg tells THE BEE, "Simply making it into the small pool of finalists in this competitive competition of playwrights [in Burbank, California] is an exciting step." Quistberg says the play centers on a third generation Mexican-American named Hector; the story is set in the community of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, under the shadow of a concrete barrier known as The East Los Angeles Interchange. "Hector's struggles unfold inside the family-owned tailor shop, as his new Mexican wife Alegria disrupts his intention to follow his dream of becoming a United States Marine; the emotionally-charged play is set in the summer of 1990. An effort is underway to have the play presented in Portland, but there are as yet no details on a performance.
Westmoreland science teacher retires, sort of: Westmoreland-based science teacher Jane Kenney-Norberg has retired as the Lower School Science Specialist at Oregon Episcopal School – after more than a quarter century of service there, and after seeing many of her former students go on to prominent careers in science. However, she has also taught a large after-school Lego Physics program at O.E.S.; and, after setting up a company of her own called "L*go Physics Institute, LLC" to continue teaching with Legos, she has reached agreement with O.E.S to continue her program three afternoons a week there. As a result, her students will once again display their constructions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the OnPoint Community Credit Union, 3403 S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard, during the "Hawthorne Street Fair" on Sunday August 25. It's free, and BEE readers are invited to stop by and enjoy the demonstrations.
"Sonic Drive-In" chain awards local teachers: The national Sonic Drive-In fast-food business, the national headquarters of which are in Oklahoma City, announces small cash awards to five Portland-area teachers for classroom supplies and teaching resources. One recipient teaches in Inner Southeast Portland – Jamie Williams, at Grout Elementary School on Holgate Boulevard, awarded for "basic art supplies". Sonic reports that it made matching donations totaling $1.2 million to 3,937 teachers across the country this year. Chosen projects were selected from customer nominations.
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