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Choro das 3

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Choro das 3 will perform at Eastern Oregon University on Oct. 10. From the left, father Eduardo and sisters Corina, Elisa and Lia comprise Choro das 3.


Fishtrap Fireside returns for fifth season; October event features 3 writers

ENTERPRISE— The fifth season of Fishtrap Fireside kicks off at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 with readings from three Wallowa County locals, Lauren MacDonald, Jon Rombach and Evelyn Swart. An open mic follows where audience members have a chance to get up and share their stories too.

Fireside is a free monthly event for Wallowa County writers to read and share their work. The program has enjoyed a tremendous following in Wallowa County and beyond.

The community is encouraged to attend these events, enjoy light refreshments and hear new work by local writers.

Lauren MacDonald is a new resident to Wallowa County. She was born and raised in St. Louis and moved west to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012. After four years, she was ready to leave the city hustle.

Her writing is simply from the heart. She self published her first book of poems called “Open Heart” and is excited to start working with Fishtrap on a seasonal zine with local contributors.

Jon Rombach writes a column for the Wallowa County Chieftain. He works for Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries half the year and devotes the other months to lying on his couch, reading Ross Thomas spy novels and his continued research into the late cretaceous period ceratopsid, Achelousaurus.

Evelyn Swart grew up in Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho and the University of Oregon. Even though she enjoys living in Joseph, she is mindful of people around the world who do not have such luck.


Learn about primitive skills from an author and illustrator

LA GRANDE — Union County author and outdoorsman Kirby Records will show his handcrafted arrowheads, bow, flutes and buckskins and tell hunting stories at 11 a.m. Oct. 7 at JaxDog Café & Books at 1118 Adams Ave.

During this hands-on and interactive event, attendees will learn about primitive skills detailed in Records’ 2014 young adult novel, “Grandfathers’ Cave.”

The book introduces flint knapping and other skills through a coming-of-age story appealing to readers of all ages. Records also illustrated the cover and 64 of his black-and-white drawings are included in the volume.

The author’s lifelong passion for learning primitive skills began when he was a boy shooting his bow on his family’s ranch in North Powder. Records will sign copies of his novel available to purchase for $10 at the event.

For details, call 541-962-6390.

About the book

Awakening to find himself abandoned in a cave with a wolf, “Boy” has to use his wits to survive.


Traveling exhibit makes its way to La Grande

LA GRANDE — A Graham Street Productions exhibit, “Architecture of Internment,” will be on display at Art Center East Oct. 6-16.

“Architecture of Internment” is presented by Art Center East, Union County Museum, Racial Justice in Eastern Oregon, Rural Organizing Project and Oregon Rural Action.

The traveling exhibit highlights the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants.

During World War II, 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were incarcerated. On display are personal letters and proclamations from Oregonians to Governor Sprague in 1941 and 1942 advocating for the exclusion and incarceration of Oregonian Japanese Americans, as well as blueprints of potential “Assembly Center” and “Relocation Camp” locations.

Also on display will be letters from Japanese Americans expressing their outrage about the injustice of internment.

The exhibit will kick off at Art Center East with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6. There will be a community conversation led by Racial Justice of Eastern Oregon and Oregon Rural Action around the topic of internment, “From Internment to Detention: The Narrative Legacy of Who Belongs in America” beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This event at Art Center East is free and open to the public.


Brazilian group visits Eastern Oregon

LA GRANDE — Choro das 3, a Brazilian instrumental group, will be artists-in-residence Oct.10-11 in La Grande and will perform at Eastern Oregon University and Cove High School.

Choro das 3 will perform a free, family-friendly concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in McKenzie Theater at EOU.  The band will lead public workshops with EOU’s ensembles, Chamber Choir and 45th Parallel.

The group will also visit Cove High School during their stay, according to John McKinnon  of EOU’s music department.

Choro das 3 is a family group. Sisters Corina (flute), Lia (7 string acoustic guitar) and Elisa (mandolin, clarinet, banjo and piano) are accompanied on percussion by their father, Eduardo (pandeiro).

To learn more about the band, go to www.chorodas3.com.br.

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