First Friday Films
an Oregon City Library event
Friday, December 7, 6:30 pm
Start your weekend off with a free showing of a thought-provoking documentary at the End of the Oregon Trail’s theater. Free snacks are provided as well as discussion with a qualified speaker after the film.
The documentary being shown in December is Life Itself. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Free food and beverage provided before the film; a group discussion is held afterwards.
A Glimpse Into History
with author Michael McCloskey
Saturday, January 19, 1 pm
A Glimpse into History is a winner of top awards from the Great Northwest Book Festival and the Independent Booksellers Association. It features the words of over ninety figures who transformed Oregon into the premier “green” state. They shaped the culture that saw value in nature and triggered demands for policies to protect it. Through their inspiring words, their presence is still felt.
Earning degrees at Harvard (B.A.) and from the University of Oregon (J.D.), Michael McCloskey led the Sierra Club as executive director and chairman during pivotal phases of getting framework laws enacted nationally to protect the environment. After a forty-year career with the Sierra Club, he chaired Portland’s Heritage Trees program for eight years. He still lives in Portland and recently authored the award-winning Conserving Oregon’s Environment: Breakthroughs That Made History and Oregon: A State that Stands Out.
Music Along the Oregon Trail
Sunday, January 20, 1 pm
Hear and learn about the music of the Oregon Trail from local musicians, Nancy and Rob Downie of Heartstrings. Their program includes popular music from the era, information on the history of the tunes, the role of music on the Oregon Trail, and the origin of their instruments. Featured instruments include hammered and mountain dulcimers, fiddle, acoustic bass, banjo and Native American flute.
Author Presentation from Steve Arndt
Saturday, February 23rd, 12 pm
Steve Arndt, author of the series “Oregon Ghost Towns, A-Z”, will present on his newest book, “Oregon: Uncommon Facts & Unique Information”. Who was the first US President to visit the state of Oregon? How many shipwrecks have happened along the Oregon Coast? What counties grow the most cherries? Who was the first known victim of a shark bite in Oregon? The answers to these questions and hundreds more are found in this entertaining and interesting book. “Oregon – Uncommon Facts & Unique Information” prompts a spirit of adventure, head scratching, and comments of “I did not know that!” on every page.