Community

Thu
19
Mar

St. Patrick's Day photos

The Oregon Senior Center hosted a St. Patrick’s Day celebration Tuesday afternoon, complete with a musical trio, refreshments and plenty of people wearing a variety of shades of green.

Wed
18
Mar

‘The Giver’ takes stage in Oregon

Twenty years ago, Lois Lowry wrote the acclaimed and controversial children’s book that won her the Newbery Award – “The Giver.”

Starting next week, Oregon Straw Hat Players is presenting a play adaptation of the book, directed by David Lawver, at the Prairie View Elementary Little Theater. The play, written by Eric Coble, follows the stories and dialog in the book.

According to a press release from the Oregon Straw Hat Players, “The Giver” presents an introspective view of a boy’s society where the world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices.

Thu
12
Mar

Pete the Cat photos

Storybook character “Pete the Cat” visited the Oregon Public Library at a packed house Saturday morning, with dozens of kids, parents and grandparents enjoying story time, hugs and pictures with Pete. Later, kids ate ice cream and cake.

Tue
10
Mar

'Three Oranges' photos

Oregon High School students take audience members on an imaginary journey in a fairy tale kingdom during their performance of “The Love of Three Oranges” last weekend. The comedy, based on a scenario by Carlo Gozzi, follows a prince on his quest to find love while he fends off various dangers.

Tue
10
Mar

Sneak peek of Wis. films March 17

Leave your wallet at home and enjoy a night of movie clips at the Oregon Public Library from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. 

Selected trailers of the 17th annual Wisconsin Film Festival picks will be previewed at the library for free. The full-length versions of the films will be shown at various theaters throughout Madison from April 9-16.

After the screening, join one of the film festival’s staff members for an in-depth discussion on the filmmaking process and coordinating the WFFs. Bring questions for an evening of conversation.

The WFF, presented by the UW Madison Arts Institute in association with the UW Department of Communication Arts, is the largest campus-based film festival in the country.

Mon
09
Mar

From Oregon to Appalachia

Brenton, West Virginia – a town of fewer than 250 people  – is a remote location nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s the kind of isolation some people dream of, though it can cause a few problems for those used to modern technology. 

“At first, I was like, ‘Shoot, I don’t have any cell service – how am I going talk to my friends?’ And then I realized there are other ways; it’s not the end of the world,” said Oregon native Linde Sundell, who recently moved to the area.

Sun
08
Mar

Winter in the Woods photos

Netherwood Knoll is hosting “Winter in the Woods” with Aldo Leopold naturalist Kara Naramore on Wednesdays through March 18. Students will learn about how pioneers survived, what food chains are and why birds migrate. In the first afterschool class on Feb. 25, students learned about air, weather and clouds. They even took a trip outside to the arboretum to learn how to measure wind speed, direction and air temperature. To register at a prorated fee, call Scott at 835-4097 or visit oregonsd.org/community.

Fri
06
Mar

‘Brunch for Your Brain’ back at senior center

To stay healthy and sharp, your brain needs to be challenged. “Brunch for Your Brain” returns to the senior center later this month, to introduce participants to a variety of topics relevant to brain health.

Learn how brains work, stress relief tactics, how to use visuals to stimulate-puzzles, optical illusions, creative art, left/right brain activities, listening as a brain enhancer, expressing opinions, reminiscing exercises, word games, memory-building exercises and more. The instructors are Nancy Johnson and Gunnard Swanson, both retired teachers from the Oregon School District.

There is a charge of $10 for this course, and participants must commit to the entire session. Space is limited to 16 participants. Call Anne at 835-5801 to sign up.

Tue
03
Mar

Try Hockey for Free photos

Oregon kids had a chance to learn the ins and outs of hockey for free Saturday, Feb. 21, as part of the national “Try Hockey for Free” day at the Oregon Ice Arena. Oregon hockey coaches were on hand to offer tips, and spent a lot of time helping kids ages 3-12 learn to skate with a chair to keep their balance.

Tue
03
Mar

State representative budget listening session March 9

State Rep. Andy Jorgensen (D-Milton) announced this week he and fellow State Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains) will hold a budget listening session at the Firefly Coffeehouse on March 9. The stop is one in a host of listening sessions in 20 area communities Jorgensen announced in a news release this week.

 “My job is to represent the people of the 43rd Assembly District, and to do that well, I have to understand what’s important to them. That’s why I’m always ready to listen,” he said in the release. “As I’ve done in years past, this budget cycle, I will hold listening sessions all across the district.  I want to make it easy for folks to let me know what they think of the Governor’s proposal and to share their ideas on how we can move Wisconsin forward.”

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