The Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is hosting a Celebration of Women “Wine & Chocolate” event on Sunday, October 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street, Newport. In addition to wine and chocolate, light hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase.
“Brava! Women in Theater” will present three vignettes coordinated by Akia Woods, and directed by Mary Eastman. Hosting the performances will be Cindy McConnell. Actresses will be Khlo Brateng, Bonnie Ross, Nikki Atkins, and Barbara Berge.
Many local women authors will have their books for sale and will also be available to autograph them. Women candidates for local offices will be present so that you can get to know them better. In addition to NOW, Altrusa, American Association of University Women (AAUW), and League of Women Voters (LWV) will have information available about their local organizations.
There will be a silent auction with many exciting donations to bid on. Among the items are artwork by several local artists, restaurant certificates, handcrafted jewelry, gift baskets, an excursion, and a variety of gift certificates.
One of the premier auction offerings is the painting “Ocean Cliffs-Lost Creek” by internationally-known artist and Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux. It is the only still available piece from a series of six paintings, one of which sold for $2,000. The work shows the fragility of the cliffs from sea waves and wind erosion on the Oregon Coast. The painting is currently available for viewing in the lobby of the Newport Performing Arts Center. It has an opening bid of $250.
Proceeds from the Celebration go towards Central Oregon Coast NOW’s various programs focused on helping women and girls achieve their full potential. Two projects are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which partners with the school district to broaden the participation of girls and young women in STEM fields, and CourtWatch, which collects data and reports information about the local judicial system’s good practices and problems in domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases.
Celebration of Women highlights how Newport is rich in talent, organizations and businesses that support women. We invite you to come to the Celebration of Women to honor these achievements with “Wine & Chocolate”. If you need further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 541-614-4677.