Thursday, June 19 Fundraiser for Aaron at Imagine Coffee. 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. Aaron Ojeda is a 2014 CHS graduate (although, because he was ill, he was unable to attend his own graduation). Aaron was hospitalized about two weeks ago with bacterial meningitis and has been in critical care since. He has just recently been moved up to Portland to await further treatment. Imagine Coffee will host an open mic fundraiser. Local musicians will be featured. Please come and join us if you can.
Saturday, June 21 Ancient Art, Modern Science: A Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference. LBCC Benton Center, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This conference is for breastfeeding mothers, families, helpers, and professionals. Sessions will be held on a variety of subjects including childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting, health and resources for families. Children’s Playroom and Family Sessions appropriate for children of various ages, if accompanied by an adult. No childcare will be provided. Babies are welcome in sessions. Admission fee: $15 per family, $35 for professional credit.
Saturday, June 21 Group Hug for the Arts. The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 1 – 5 p.m. Come and celebrate the arts with a fun performance and sing-along by the ukulele playin’ Wallops Sisters at the Corvallis Art Center. More fun than you can shake a uke at! From 1 to 5 p.m., eat free cake, and try “Ask the Artist,” Community Art Tables with art-making activities, and the “Around Oregon” juried show. Also, put a little sizzle in your step with music by Gumbo. Sounds like a PARTY to us!
Thursday, June 26 Rebecca Gordon – Mainstreaming Torture. Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. 7 p.m. In “Mainstreaming Torture,” Rebecca Gordon argues that institutionalized state torture remains as wrong today as it was on the day before the terrible attacks of Sept. 11. Furthermore, U.S. practices during the “war on terror” are rooted in a history that began long before September that day, a history that includes both support for torture regimes abroad and the use of torture in American jails and prisons. Torture is still an urgent moral issue. This is a book for anyone who cares about how institutionalized torture affects its victims, its practitioners, and the nation that gives it a home. Free and open to the public.