Saturday, August 30, 2008


Sunday, August 31st we'll have the fourth of our Sunday Suppers from 2 - 5 pm. This week we feature slow roasted pork picnic with an oregano rub, smashed potatoes or a vegetarian alternative, infused brown rice with vegies. Succotash and a spinach salad round out the meal with a beverage choice of coffee, tea, or iced tea. Our cheese cake last week was such a hit that we're repeating it this week.

Sunday also kicks off our open mic where writers, singers and performers get a chance to lay it out for an audience. This will be a recurring event on the last Sunday of each month from 4 - 6 pm. Please limit your performance to three poems, two songs, or ten minutes maximum so all can participate.

September 4, Thursday- 6:30 pm. CASA is holding an open house at The Catalyst (2 doors down from Colette’s) to recruit volunteers for this important work. Court Appointed Special Advocates represent children who are removed from their families and placed in the court system. They ensure that the best interests of that child are served. CASA volunteers currently work with 140 children, while the need is closer to 400 children in the county. Free. Refreshments will be served.

September 5- Friday – 6pm – First Friday Poets. Bring your work – old and new. All are welcome. Relaxed group, generally circles to read. Free.

September 6- Saturday- 7:30pm- ANNE FEENEY in Concert . Celebrate the Revolution with a Hellraiser! She travels the world ‘afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted.” Her bottomless songbag draws on Irish, bluegrass, traditional, labor, pop, folk and contemporary material. Join us. $10-15 at the door. All money goes to the musician.

If you are on our e-mail list you will receive a mailing including our most recent newsletter, which came back from the printer on Friday. The newsletter contains several articles of note, and a list of classes which will be offered at The Catalyst in September (drum making, basketry, Reiki, healing and writing, to name a few. It also details our schedule of events through November. Check the newsletter for details. If you don't receive email or are unable to open the file, we have hard copies at Colette's.

Jerry and Jessica

Thursday, August 21, 2008


The beef brisket meal for last Sunday's Supper was delectable. There was a bit left over, which went into a beef stew that sold out quickly. The menu for next Sunday, the 24th has been selected. We will feature baked Ling Cod with smashed garlicky red potatoes, succotash, green salad, cheesecake with Blackberry topping, and beverage. Of course, we will have a vegetarian alternative. All for the low price of $12.99.

The newsletter with class schedules for September/October is nearly ready for the printer, and will be sent out this weekend or early next week.

Insight (Vipassana) meditation - this afternoon (4pm - 4:30 pm) and Saturday (6 pm - 6:30 pm)

Tuesday 8/26 (12:30 - 2:30 pm) - Ballot Forum Planning Meeting facilitated by the Rural Organizing Project.

Jerry and Jessica

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sunday Supper Two

Sunday will be our second Sunday Supper. This one will feature slo-o-ow roasted beef brisket with potato dumplings and vegetables, green beans, fruit salad, berry meringue dessert and beverage. We also will have a vegetarian alternative. All for only $12.99.

Tuesday 8/26 12:30-2:30 pm - ballot forum planning meeting facilitated by the Rural Organizing Project. Ballot forums set at Colette's for October 7 & 15 from 6-8 pm in The Catalyst. More than 10 contentious and locally critical measures are up for a vote. Help educate the public and yourself.

Saturday September 6 @ 7:30 pm -- Anne Feeney (pictured)-- She travels the world 'afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted.' Her bottomless songbag draws on Irish, bluegrass, traditional, labor, pop, folk, and contemporary material, including local songwriter Harry Stamper. Join us. $10-$15 at door. All money to musician.

October 24 - 7-9 pm - George Mann returns - The labor activist and singer/songwriter will present a video of 90 something Julius Margolin, a lifelong labor activist. George will also be singing his wonderful songs. Ask him about "Utah Sounding Good to Me" - his tribute to Utah Phillips. $7-$10 to musician.

Recurring events:

Third Saturday (.8/16, 9/20, 10/18) - Psychics and Healing Faire at The Catalyst. Free admission. Tickets available for reader/healing sessions. Frequent drawings. Check out the Center, our new metaphysical store.

Saturdays (6pm - 6:30pm) and Thursdays (4pm-4:30pm) Insight (Vipassana) Meditation in our new Meditation Room which is also open to the public Monday - Friday (5pm-7pm)

Sundays (2pm - 5pm) Sunday Suppers - Fixed price meal like Grandma cooked. Includes dessert, coffee or tea. Priced from $12 - $16 depending on menu. Limited quantity. When the food is gone it is gone. Prepaid reservations suggested.

First/Third Sunday (5:30pm-8:30pm) - drumming circle/potluck at The Catalyst. Low-key. Bring percussion instruments and be open to spirit moving. New to drumming? No instrument? Join us anyway.

Second Sunday (4pm - 6pm) Community sing @ Colette's sponsored by South Coast Folk Society. All are welcome.

Last Sunday each month (4pm - 6pm) Open Mic - Acoustic Musicians poets, writers, singers, storytellers and enthusiastic listeners all welcome. Sign up sheet. Three poems, two songs or ten minutes. Jam session at the end.

Second/Fourth Wednesdays (7pm - 9pm) Healing circle. Open to healers and those desiring energy work. Donation.

First Friday (6pm-8pm) Poetry Night. All poets, wannabe poets and poetry lovers welcome.

Jerry and Jessica


Monday, August 11, 2008

Celtic dreams

"Grace Notes" put on an excellent concert, providing a wonderful mix of folk and Celtic music. The blend of hammer dulcimer and celtic harp was well worth hearing.
The community sing on Sunday was again well attended and the great time picking and singing and celebrating (a birthday). This was the second of a regular happening, held on the second Sunday of each month through December.
For those of you who missedd out on ther "Sunday Supper", the food was superb. Chicken Caccuatore (or a vegetarian alternative) over brown rice or polenta was the entree, with sides of green avocado/spinach salad, steamed carraway carrots, and cherry pie/cobbler for dessert. As soon as the next menu is available, I will get it posted.
Jerry and Jessica

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Live looping is amazing!!

Irina Rivkin brought "loopie", a Boss looping machine and put on an amazing concert. Quite often she was singing with three to five back up singers created live as she performed. She erased them after each song making the whole a very transient experience. Her road partner, Alma made an already entertaining show pop. Her comic, dramatic, dynamic and sometimes bawdy dialect monologues effectively balanced Irina's wholesome good girl image.
The looping workshop on Wednesday was a wonderful experience for the attendies, as they not only got excellent demos and coaching from Irina, but lots of hands on use of the looping machine. "Rhythm and timing is the key" to make it work effectively.
The Coos Head Food co-op presentation was again cancelled, and may not be rescheduled.
Tomorrow, Friday, another concert is scheduled. Local group 'Grace Notes' will be providing an evening of Celtic and traditional music. Stacy Rose and Candace Kreitlow play a variety of instruments, including hammer dulcimer, flute, penny whistle, guitar and Irish harp. We will be introducing our new crepe cake, a pile of crepes sandwiching vanilla creme and berries topped with Nutella or vanilla creme with a dark chocolate ganache, for the festivities.
Ask about our Sunday suppers (2-5 or till the food's gone). Join us for one of Mom's Favorite meals or something off our regular menu. Community dining and good conversation. Get to know your neighbor.
Sunday will be our second Community Sing, 4 - 6 pm at the Catalyst.
Jerry and Jessica

Friday, August 1, 2008

Rod plays audience requests

Rod MacDonald has been singing and writing since the 70's, and has a very wide repertoire which some audience members were familiar with. As a result he was able to fulfill requests for his own music. A versatile guitar and harmonica player,he managed to wow the audience with a number when his harmonica was upside down in the rack, requiring him to adjust on the fly.

Tonight is First Friday poetry night, and I'm told we may have a poet from Ashland participating, which would compliment our already stellar group.

Sunday - celebrate!! - Drumming and potluck gratitude celebration for "fruits of the first harvest" at 5 pm at the Catalyst. Coffee and tea will be on sale, drumming will start at 5:30 pm.

Live music on Tuesday in conjunction with the first Tuesday "block party", with merchants of both the Newmark Center and Broadway Plaza H participating. There will be specials, drawings , and we will feature Irina Rivkin providing "beautiful lyrical melody, the added voice of earthy harmony, & finally the texture of beat-box all performed live with the benefit of electronic looping". Additionally Alma will be providing comical interludes. On Wednesday Irina will hold a live-looping workshop from 7-9 pm at the catalyst, $25-55 (small group lesson at the Catalyst. Come learn how to put pizazz in your sound.

Friday August 8th the Grace Notes will grace our stage "like angels with a buzz on at a good party". Harp, penny whistle, flute, hammered dulcimer and other instruments that will give your soul a buzz.

Saturday 8/9 - 4:30 pm - Saturday Community Supper - Join us for one of
Mom's favorite meals or something off our regular menu -- Community dining and good conversation - get to know your neighbor.

Sunday 8/10 - 4 - 6 pm Community Sing - singers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Songbooks with a wide variety of songs are provided. Bring copies of favorite songs to share. Musical instruments are welcome. Sponsored by the Coos County Folk Society.

Jerry and Jessica