Day: October 4, 2012

Homegrown theatre gets cozy with ‘The Dining Room’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As much as Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s new play is about the lives of different families and the ways their lives overlap around the dining table, The Dining Room is also about the ways tradition impacts American lives. “I hope that people are able to walk away seeing more clearly how tradition has affected their lives and then examine their thinking today,” said Evan Christopher, director. The play opened Thursday, Oct. 4, and continues Oct. 5-6 and 11-13 at the Keizer Civic Center. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets will be sold at the door as well as in advance through the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. The show runs about an hour and a half with a ten-minute intermission. The play presents numerous challenges for the players with eight actors bringing to life 40 characters. “It’s interesting to play such a variety of characters and to work with so many actors with so much versatility,” said Laura Reid, a McNary language arts teacher and one of the actors. “It’s a lot of fun to try on so many personas in one play and a challenge to diversify all the roles because some are younger, some are older and everything in between.” The story focuses around different families at different time...

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Community library book sale begins Friday

The Keizer Community Library is holding a fall book sale and program to benefit the all-volunteer operation. The fall book sale will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6 at the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE. Hours on Friday are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with a bag sale from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. More than 7,000 books will be available for purchase. Paperbacks are 50 cents each, hardbacks $1.25 each. Children’s books are 10 for $1, Harlequin romances are an even better deal at 12 for $1 and CDs and DVDs are $1 to $2 each. And if that is just too expensive for your tastes, consider the bag sale on Saturday. If it fits, it goes for $3 per bag or $5 per box. And a two-part fundraising program starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, also at the Keizer Civic Center. William Sullivan presents “DB Cooper and the Exploding Whale: Folk Heroes of the Northwest.” Tickets are available for $10 each at the library, in the Keizer Heritage Center at 980 Chemawa Road NE. They will be $12 at the door. Keizer has no public library, so the Keizer Community Library aims to fill in the gap and receives no direct government funding. It runs entirely on donations and volunteer labor. It’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit...

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