Lake Oswego Reads Three Cups of Tea!

The song that you are listening to is "Three Cups of Tea" which was composed by Jake Fleming at the request of Greg Mortenson.  The vocals are by Jeni Fleming and Amira Mortenson, the daughter of Greg Mortenson.  For more information, visit www.jenifleming.com


Girls Reading
Lake Oswego Reads 2008 Photographs

Lake Oswego Reads Brochure
with the Schedule of Events

 

Mortenson & Relin Presentation Online!

Click here to download the presentation as a .wmv file

 

 

Lake Oswego Reads 2008 in the News!

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is the book selection for the 2nd annual citywide 2008 reading program, Lake Oswego Reads. The book selection steering committee, comprised of community leaders and librarians, selected the book. The Library asked the community last March to suggest books for the 2nd annual Lake Oswego Reads.  The Lake Oswego Reads Steering Committee thanks the community for the many book suggestions and was pleased to select Three Cups of Tea from the list of submissions. 


Lake Oswego Public Library would like to invite the entire community to participate in the second annual Lake Oswego Reads program!
  The success of last year’s program demonstrates our community’s love of books, intellectual pursuits, and thoughtful discussion. During the month of February the Library, local schools, businesses and organizations will offer special programs and festivities connected with the Lake Oswego Reads book selection.

The Lake Oswego Reads 2008 program is presented by the Lake Oswego Public Library and sponsored by West Coast Bank and the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library. The program is also made possible in part by a grant from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OCH’s grant program.  The Oregon Cultural Trust, which invests in Oregon arts, humanities and heritage, also helped fund OCH’s Grant program. Other sponsors include: the Lake Oswego Review, Lake Oswego Rotary Club , Excelsior Management, and Fred and Shirley Baldwin.  For more information, contact Cyndie Glazer at 503-675-2538 or cglazer@ci.oswego.or.us.

 

 

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Three Cups of Tea Events!!!

Kick-off Party!

Party at the Library!  On Tuesday, January 8, from 6:30-9:00 pm.  What better way was there to kick off Lake Oswego Reads than to distribute 800 complementary copies of Three Cups of TeaThe copies of the book were courtesy of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library. Everyone enjoyed music and food from Pakistan, and a great time was had by all!

 

Rose Okada group Kick-off Party!!!

 

The excellent Pakistani food at the kick-off party was prepared by Tasneem Rahman!  For information about Pakistani catering and cooking classes by Tasneem, contact: Tasneem777@aol.com
For more Pakistani cooking classes, contact Laila at: Laila_Sheikh@hotmail.com

 

Here is the most requested recipe from January 8th event:

 

Chana Chat

(Garbanzo Salad)

 

Garbanzo – 1 can

Potato – 2 small

Cilantro – ½ bunch

Apple – 1

Pomegranate – ½ fresh

Lemon juice – fresh, 2 tbsp

Brown sugar – 1 tsp

 

Spices

Cumin – ground/crushed ½ tsp.

Anardana – pomegranate dried ground 1/3 tsp, optional

Black pepper – sprinkle to taste

Garam Masala (All Spice) sprinkle 1/3 tsp

Mix together and enjoy!

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Pennies for Peace:

 

Pennies for Peace!

Pennies for Peace was conceived by the students and teachers at Westside Elementary School, in River Falls, Wis.  Originally called, “Pennies for Pakistan”, it became Pennies for Peace in 1996.  Since then, over 16 million pennies have been raised by over 700 schools in all 50 states, including over 10 million pennies in the past year.

 

Lake Oswego Reads will offer the “Pennies for Peace” at all nine Lake OswegoElementary Schools from January 21 to February 1. Help bring global peace by donating pennies to bins stationed in any of the elementary schools in Lake Oswego.  Thanks to West Coast Bank for counting the pennies and for the check for the total amount of money raised in the elementary schools which will be presented to Greg Mortenson on February 6 when he speaks in Lake Oswego. 

 

 “A penny in the United States is virtually worthless, but in Pakistan and Afghanistan a penny buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy.” Pennies for Peace is an educational program which does more than raise money for educational materials shipped to impoverished countries around the world. The program, run by the Central Asia Institute, raises awareness about illiteracy around the world to American children. By educating young students, Pennies for Peace shows how anyone can make a positive impact on a community just one penny at a time. Education opens the door to life opportunities like no other skill can and by raising awareness, the chance for a better future for all children is greater.

 

After February 1, bins collecting pennies will be located at local businesses and the Lake Oswego Library through the end of February.  An additional check will be sent to Greg Mortenson’s organization in March.

Shailini and Amy!

Shailini Pandya from Lake Oswego High School and Amy Guillotte from Lakeridge High School coordinated the Pennies for Peace program in the nine elementary schools in Lake Oswego.  They have done assemblies at some of the schools, distributed flyers, created displays, delivered the decorated jugs to each school and created orange bracelets as reminders.

 

 

Mortenson and Relin to Speak in Lake Oswego!

The Lake Oswego Public Library is happy to announce that both Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin spoke at the Lake Oswego High School Auditorium, 2501 Country Club Rd. in Lake Oswego on the evening of Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 7:00 pm. The event was for high school age, college age and adult citizens.

The number of people who came to the presentation was 1,315!
The
total amount raised for Pennies for Peace by the nine Lake Oswego
elementary schools in less than two weeks was $6,360.63!!! 

Great work Lake Oswego!

Greg Mortenson, Carol Hickman and Cyndie Glazer

Greg Mortenson with Carol Hickman from the Oregon Council for the Humanities
and Cyndie Glazer from Lake Oswego Public Library

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Greg Mortenson signing books

Greg Mortenson signing books after the presentation

GregandtheKorachs

Greg Mortenson with Dr. Bill Korach and Dr. Ricky Korach

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Greg Mortenson with Pennies for Peace Council

Greg Mortenson with the Pennies for Peace Council at Westridge Elementary School

Pennies for Peace

Pennies for Peace program at Westridge Elementary School

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Mortenson & Relin Presentation Online!


Tualatin Valley Community Television taped the Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin presentation on February 6! 
The broadcasts will be available in these areas:


Banks
Beaverton

Cornelius
Durham
Forest Grove
Gaston
Hillsboro

King City
Lake Oswego
North Plains
Rivergrove
Tigard
Tualatin
Washington County

Here is the playback schedule:
Play Date / Time /Channel Play Date / Time/ Channel

2/12/08 10:30 pm Tue, ch. 28
2/14/08 11:00 pm Thu, ch. 28
2/16/08 10:00 am Sat, ch. 28
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Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts

 

 

LO Arts Foundation's Three Cups of Tea Reception:

Three Cups of Tea Art!

Friday, February 1, 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Former US Bank, 120 N. State Street

Reservations: 503-675-3738

Due to limited parking, please plan to park in one of the many public parking lots or downtown streets.


Three Cups of Tea takes on extraordinary colors, shapes and textures, when professional artists including: Lois Larson, Hank Weber, Linda Rothchild Ollis, Anna Mastellos Morris, Susan Cowan, Kathy Bethurum, Patricia Schmidt, Kara Pilcher, Lynne M. Taylor, Sally Bills Bailey, Lee Baughman, Dyanne Locati, Jan Rimermanand local high school art students showcase their interpretations of this unique book.

 

On Friday, February 1, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm join the artists, students and other guests at a party at the former US Bank to kick off a month of Lake Oswego Reads activities.  This reception features the artwork of the regional Splash artists and art students from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools.  Special appetizers, wine, and of course tea, will be served. Please RSVP to 503-675-3738 or email cbrock@ci.oswego.or.us.

 

Art Exhibitions during the month of February :
Student art at Umpqua Bank:
201 B Avenue, Suite 100, hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays


Splash Artists at Graham's Book and Stationary:
460 2nd Street, hours 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday

Presented as a partnership between Lake Oswego Reads and the Lake Oswego Foundation for the Arts (LOFA), the exhibitions described above can also be viewed throughout the month of February.

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Local Grocers Add Flavor:
Saturday, February 2, 12:30-3:30 pm

Location: Wizer’s Lake Grove Market

16331 Bryant Rd.  Ph. 503-636-8457

A Taste of central Asia!

Wizer’s Lake Grove Market will be participating in the Lake Oswego Reads program by offering tastes of food from Central Asia and of course, tea.  Stop by for complementary samples and don't forget to get your "passport" stamped.  Library staff and members of the Library Advisory Board will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the book.

Next scheduled Taste of Central Asia event

 

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Music and Tea:

Hear Dan Balmer and sip on tea!

Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 pm   

Location: Lake Oswego Library

Dan Balmer

Described by the Los Angeles Times, as “the model of what a contemporary guitarist should be,” Dan has performed with an impressive line of talented musicians including Andy Narrel, Jim Pepper, David Friesen, Airto, Joey Defrancisco, and the late Red Mitchell.  He is best known for his collaboration with keyboardist Tom Grant, with whom he toured and recorded for over ten years.

 

Currently, Dan leads groups around the Northwest and is a member of drummer Mel Brown’s quartet and quintet, and bassist David Friesen’s trio and quartet.  Dan is also on the faculty at Lewis and Clark College.

 

In performances across the country, Balmer’s playing has consistently won enthusiastic praise.  The Palm Beach Post wrote “. . . guitarist Dan Balmer played exceptionally fast-fingered runs and twisting figures that were arresting.”  The Seattle Times proclaimed, “Blamer’s top fuel solos and tasty octave work . . . were most satisfying.”  The Anchorage Daily News stated, “Balmer turned in a top notch, unstinting performance.”

When not performing locally, touring, or recording, Dan focuses his energy on composing.  His works have appeared on television, in movies and have been choreographed by Ballet Oregon.

 

 

Greg Mortenson & David Relin Speak:

Mortenson and Relin

Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 pm

Location: Lake Oswego High School Auditorium

2501 Country Club Rd.  Ph. 503-534-2313

Reservations: Tickets Required

The Lake Oswego Public Library is happy to announce that both Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin will be speaking at the Lake Oswego High School Auditorium, 2501 Country Club Rd. in Lake Oswego on the evening of Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 at 7:00 pm.  This event is for high school age, college age and adults.  Admission is free but a ticket is required for this event.  Tickets will be available at the Lake Oswego Public Library starting at 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 12. There will be a 2 ticket per person limit.  Note: the tickets will be valid until 15 minutes before the event begins on February 6.  We expect a waiting line and suggest that you arrive early.  Seating is first come, first served. 

 

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Panel Discussion:

Our Role and Impact in History Through Promoting Education Globally Global Education Panel
Presented by the Oswego Heritage Council - 3 speakers

Thursday, February 7, 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Location: Oswego Heritage House, 398 Tenth Street
Ph. 503-635-6373

The Oswego Heritage Council will present an exciting panel of experts discussing "Our Role and Impact in History Through Promoting Education Globally.”  The panel will consist of four people deeply involved in education and care of children in third world countries; Barry Childs from Africa Bridge in Tanzania, Sharon Starr and Lynne Wintermute for Children of the Golden Triangle and Mohammad Kharoti (a Phastun Physician) with the Green Village Schools, building a future in Afghanistan.  Like Greg Mortenson of Three Cups of Tea, these presenters are deeply committed to helping children get an education that will enable them to provide for themselves and their families.  $5 for nonmembers.

 

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Book Discussion:

Book Discussion!

Friday, February 8, 1:00 pm  

Location: Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave.

Reservation: 503-534-5665

Book Guide and Discussion Questions

 

Click here for next Discussion Session

Click here for a list of all Discussion Sessions

Lake Oswego Reads 2008 Blog!

 

 

Local Grocers Add Flavor:

Friday, February 8, 4:00-7:00 pm

Location: New Seasons Market
3 Monroe Pkwy.
Ph. 503-496-1155

A Taste of central Asia!

New Seasons Market will be participating in the Lake Oswego Reads program by offering tastes of food from Central Asia and of course, tea.  Stop by for complementary samples and don't forget to get your "passport" stamped.  Library staff and members of the Library Advisory Board will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the book.

Next scheduled Taste of Central Asia event

 

 

Graham's Stationary

Scarf Bazaar!

Saturday, February 9, 10:00am-5:00 pm  

Location: Graham’s Book and Stationery,
460 2nd Street,
Ph. 503-636-5676

Wrap yourself in art! Warm to exotic fibers imported from Nepal, India, China and other neighbors of Pakistan. Unique designs, colors and weaves reflect the cultures of the peoples who have made them.  Affordable, fashionable, wearable art that you won’t want to miss. 

 

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Pakistani Cooking Class:

February 9, 6:00 pm

Register at www.lakeoswegoparks.org

Location: Randall Test Kitchen

Instructor Barb Randall spoke with Julia Bergman, Chair of the Central Asia Institute and received many ideas for recipes, cultural and food. Here are the details for the cooking classes related to the Lake Oswego Reads Program:

 

It is a ‘pairs’ class, so two adults attend for one fee.

You and a friend deserve a night out!  Participants prepare the food and then share the gourmet feast together. Price is per session, per pair (spouse, friend, family member):

Ages 18+                Randall Test Kitchen

Residents $106       Non-Residents $117

Three Cups of Tea Pakistani Cuisine

This delicious and exotic menu includes: samosas (a snack filled with potatoes, minced meat or lentils) Bihari Kabab (thin sliced marinated beef), raita (yogurt with cucumber, tomato and onion), channa masala (chickpeas in tomato sauce), chapatti (bread), Kheer (a sweet rice pudding) and Baisin Ki Tukriyan (a sweet made with almonds, cashews, pistachios and ground cardamom) .

Class Number: 1327001    6-10 pm      Sat.   2/9

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Speaker & Slides:

Speaker & Slides

The Challenge of K2 and the Baltoro Glacier:
Where Continents Collide in Baltistan

Monday, February 11, 7:00 pm

Location: Lakewood Center for the Arts
368 S. State Street,  Ph. 530-635-6338

Steve Boyer, a local ER physician and climber, was a member of an American Karakoram expedition attempting a new route on K2 in 1986, seven years before Greg Mortenson’s fateful encounter with the Balti of Korphe. He will show slides of Baltistan from that era, comment on the geology and glaciers of the region, and discuss the disastrous summer on K2 where thirteen climbers on nine expeditions lost their lives. Steve shares Greg’s belief in the importance of education and has been involved, himself, with school projects in Afghanistan and Guatemala.

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Book Discussion:

Book Discussion!

Tuesday, February 12, 10:00 am

Location: Chuck’s Cookies & Coffee, 430 5th Street

Reservation: 503-534-5665

Book Guide and Discussion Questions

 

Click here for next Discussion Session

 

 

Learning about Cashmere:

Learning about Cashmere!

 

 

Friday, February 15, 11:00 am

Location: Tangle Knitting Studio, 440 1st Street

Ph. 503-636-KNIT

Cashmere – What Makes it Extraordinary?  We all love cashmere.   What makes it so special and why do they have to charge so much? Whether you are a knitter or not, this is a fiber we lust after.Come learn about this fiber, the history, quality and how it is manufactured.  The more you know, the more you will love and appreciate it.  Presentation given by Alice Burnham, owner of Tangle Knitting, a certified Cashmere addict.

 

Book Discussion:

Book Discussion!Friday, February 15, 1:00 pm

Location: Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave.

Reservation: 503-534-5665

Book Guide and Discussion Questions

 

Click here for next Discussion Session

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Local Grocers Add Flavor:

Saturday, February 16, 12:30-3:30 pm

Location: Palisades Market

1377 McVey  Ph. 503-636-4666

A Taste of central Asia!

Palisades Market will be participating in the Lake Oswego Reads program by offering tastes of food from Central Asia and of course, tea.  Stop by for complementary samples and don't forget to get your "passport" stamped.  Library staff and members of the Library Advisory Board will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the book.

 

 

 

Special Three Cups of Tea Dinner:

Monday, February 18

Location: Five Spice Bistro, $$,
315 1st Street,  Ph. 503-697-8889

Special Dinner!

The Chefs of Five Spice Bistro will infuse food with the flavors of tea . They have created a four course menu featuring Duck and Scallops that incorporate the unique aromas and flavors of teas from around the world, in honor of the book Three Cups of Tea. There will also be teas and wine available, from France and the Northwest.  Fixed menu and pricing. Call 503-697-8889 for reservations.

 

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Speaker on Pakistani History & Culture:

Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 pm

Location: Lake Oswego Library

Professor Masoud Kheirabadi

Professor Masoud Kheirabadi from Portland State University will speak about
peoples, cultures, and history of Pakistan to provide readers with background to better understand the events in Three Cups of Tea. Professor Kheirabadi has his doctoral degree from the University of Oregon in the field of Cultural Geography. His research interest deals with issues and problems of development in less developed countries especially in the Middle East. He has written several books dealing with Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.

 

Speaker at Lake Oswego Women’s Coalition Luncheon:
Building on Both Sides of the Atlantic: One Woman’s Journey
from Pakistan to America

Wednesday, February 20, 11:45 am

Location: Oswego Lake Country Club
20 Iron Mountain Blvd.  Reservation: 503-636-3634,  $15

Tasneem Rahman

Tasneem Rahman will share her experiences and what she has learned about enriching and engaging one’s family and community. She will share her story of a life lived on both sides of the Atlantic, of the cultural challenges she has faced, and of the challenges of motherhood. She will also discuss the ways we can address challenges in our individual lives through shared goals and dreams, to build a good future.

 

Tasneem Rahman was born in Karachi, Pakistan. As a young woman she earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology before moving to Lake Oswego in 1984. While raising her three children in Oregon, Mrs. Rahman continued to observe and work towards meeting the needs of the Muslim community and beyond. In particular she was driven to address issues concerning poverty, education and community building.

 

In 1999, she and her husband Mohammad suffered the loss of their son Mustafa, who died six days before his 12th birthday. In response to their loss and in memory of their son, they founded a non-profit, the One Ummah Foundation. Beginning with the goal of helping to end the cycle of illiteracy and poverty in underdeveloped countries, the foundation has been able to assist programs and build schools in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Pakistan and India. Mrs. Rahman has been involved in projects ranging from new school construction, existing school refurbishment, and the donation of food and textbooks to families in need. Soon One Ummah Foundation will be beginning a microfinance program which uses profit-and-loss sharing rather than debt-based finance to assist the poor.

 

Back in Portland, Mrs. Rahman works with young women of the Masjid Al-Saber, The Islamic Center of Portland. She has overseen projects including a middle school art project done in conjunction with Portland’s Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Program. Through that project Mrs. Rahman saw the successful completion of a mural in Jackson Middle School and further integration and understanding between young Muslims and their peers. With over 20 years of community service, focusing on social services, refugee programs and work with other organizations like Portland Public Schools, Mrs. Rahman continues to dedicate herself to improving self-confidence, knowledge, and cultural and spiritual worth on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Himalayan  Teas:

Thursday, February 21, 2:00 pm

Location: Lake Oswego Library

Himalayan Tea Presentation!

Veerinder Chawla, the owner of the Tao of Tea in southeast Portland, will talk about the types of  tea, the people who nuture it and how to brew a proper cup of tea. He will bring several varieties of tea to taste. He started The Tao of Tea with a love for the leaf. While traveling with his family in the Himalayan mountains of India in 1997, he dreamed about the possibilities that tea offered. The dream evolved into a business and the love grew even more.


Travels to the source, friendships with tea people and living with wellness have been very rewarding. Over the years, he has been fortunate to be joined with people that share a similar love and philosophy about tea.

 

 

 

Book Discussion:

Book Discussion!

Thursday, February 21, 7:00 pm

Location: West End Building - Santiam Room, 4101 Kruse Way, Ph. 503-697-6500

Reservations: 503-534-5665

Book Guide and Discussion Questions

 

 

Book Discussion:

Book Discussion!Friday, February 22, 1:00 pm

Location: Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave.

Reservation: 503-534-5665

Book Guide and Discussion Questions

 

Click here for next Disussion Session

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Pakistani Market:

Saturday, February 23, 10:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Ph. 503-675-3985

Pakistani Market!

Browse through unique treasures of the east, from rugs and scarves to jewelry, clothing & more. You can feast on authentic Pakistani foods and desserts all day, have a complementary henna tattoo applied from 11 am to 1 pm, and enjoy Pakistani/North Indian music from 1 to 3 pm by Rose Okada and Friends. Make sure to bring the youngsters along as we also have puzzle and kite making craft projects planned for them!

 

You can learn about the foods of the region as you sample samosas (a very popular snack filled with potatoes, minced meat or lentils) and Badam Pak (a sweet made of rosewater and almond barfi) and Kheer (a sweet rice based dessert). Chef Barb Randall will share with you from 10 – 11 am what she learned about Pakistani cuisine from members of the Central Asia Institute. Hoda's Middle Eastern Cuisine will also be serving a variety of delicious foods from the region.

 

Complete your shopping trip to the bazaar by stopping for a visit at Patty Kay’s Tea Garden…Whether you choose a single cup of fine tea, or a pot of tea and plate of savory treats, be sure to take time to take tea at the Pakistani Market… New and Vintage accessories and quality teas will also be offered for sale from this local Lake Oswego Vendor. See you at the tea party!

 

 

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Final Chapter Event!

Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 pm

Location: Lakeridge High School Auditorium

Final Event!

Three Cups of Tea Up Close:  David Oliver Relin will provide an inside look at the reporting and writing of Three Cups of Tea. He will show slides of his trips to the Karakoram Himalaya and discuss current events in Pakistan.  Celebrate Three Cups of Tea and hear the author, David Oliver Relin at the final community event of Lake Oswego Reads.

The Final Chapter event will also feature a Quiz Bowl with local students answering questions about the book, and a fashion show of authentic clothes from Pakistan.  Bring a friend to the Lakeridge High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. for an evening of fun and festivities.

David Oliver Relin lives in Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate of Vassar and was awarded the prestigious Teaching/Writing Fellowship at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. After Iowa, he received a Michener Fellowship to support his groundbreaking 1992 bicycle trip the length of Vietnam. He spent two further years reporting about Vietnam opening to the world, while he was based in Hue, Vietnam's former imperial capital. In addition to Vietnam and Pakistan, he has traveled to, and/or reported from, much of East Asia.

For two decades, Relin has focused on reporting about social issues and their effect on children. He is currently a Contributing Editor for Parade. He was Senior News Editor for react, an award-winning weekly with a circulation of five million launched by Parade. His investigative features on school shootings, ecstasy abuse, and teenagers in prison for Teen People helped that publication win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Relin has won more than 40 national awards for work as both an editor and writer. His stories about child soldiers have been included in Amnesty International reports. And his investigation into the way the Immigration and Naturalization Service abused children in its custody contributed to the reorganization of that agency. He spends several months each year reporting on, lecturing about, and raising money for the ongoing child hunger crisis in America. Relin is currently at work on a novel about Vietnam.

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Rock Climbing:

Thursday, February 28, 7:00 pm

Location: ClubSport 18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd.

Reservations: 503-968-4555

Rock Climbing at Club Sport!

Grab a hold of life!  Explore the world of climbing at ClubSport Oregon and share the thrill, challenge, and adventure that inspired Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson to his awesome task.  Adventure Center Staff will be on hand February 28th at 7pm to help age 12 and older climb up our indoor rock climbing walls.  Experience first-hand at Clubsport the difficult and inspiring world that brought Greg Mortenson to the Himalaya.  Limited space, reservations required by calling 503-968-4535. 

 

Book Discussion:

Book Discussion!

Friday, February 29, 1:00 pm

Location: Adult Community Center

Reservations: 503-534-5665

Book Guide and Discussion Questions

 

 

 

Click here for a complete list of Event Locations and Addresses!

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Lake Oswego Reads 2008 Blog!

 

Oregonian article about Lake Oswego Reads 2008

Lake Oswego Review article about Lake Oswego Reads 2008

Other Three Cups of Tea events:

Greg speaks in Bainbridge, Washington
Cambridge Reads Three Cups of Tea



Three Cups of Tea"Three Cups of Tea is a fascinating and inspiring story of compassion and courage. The messages of dedication, hard work and optimism provide a hopeful beacon in these dangerous times. The story of the author's journey from failure to success will surely impress readers who crave a good story as well as those of us who are curious about the good work we Americans are providing in troubled locations," said Director of the Lake Oswego Library, Bill Baars.  He added: "This inspiring story of the development of community, captures the goal of our own Lake Oswego Reads program, and I'm pleased and proud that this is the book we have selected. We invite everyone to enjoy Three Cups of Tea and to join in the conversation."



Last February over 5,000 people in Lake Oswego read and/or participated in, Lake Oswego Reads events having to do with the highly-acclaimed book The Shadow
of the Wind
,
written by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

More information about Lake Oswego Reads 2007: The Shadow of the Wind.

Cyndie Glazer, the Lake Oswego Reads manager at the Lake Oswego Library, states, "Lake Oswego is a vibrant, creative community and our Lake Oswego Reads program is designed to provide a common focus, inspired by reading a thought provoking book.  We have already arranged to have the co-authors speak in Lake Oswego on February 6. We are very excited about meeting Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin!"

Thanks to the Friends of the Library, 800 complimentary copies of Three Cups of Tea will be distributed to Library card holders at the January 8 kick-off event at the Lake Oswego Library.  The steering committee is planning additional events for February 2008 based on the book which may include speakers on mountain climbing, tea, Pakistani weaving, Muslim studies, history of the Himalayas and sampling of the food and music of Pakistan.  Suggestions and volunteers are encouraged to call 503-675-2538 or email cglazer@ci.oswego.or.us.

 

Thank You Sponsors!

The Lake Oswego Reads 2008 program is presented by Lake Oswego Public Library and sponsored by West Coast Bank and the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library. The program is also made possible in part by a grant from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OCH's grant program. The Oregon Cultural Trust, which invests in Oregon arts, humanities and heritage, also helped fund OCH's Grant program.

West Coast Bank    Friends of the Library   Rotary International     Oregon Council for the Humanities 


  Lake Oswego Review     Fred and Shirley Baldwin    Excelsior Management Group
    

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Links:

www.threecupsoftea.com
Official site of the book.

www.penniesforpeace.org
Site of the Pennies for Peace program.

www.ikat.org
The Central Asia Institute.


www.gregmortenson.com
Greg Mortenson
's home page.


About the Book!


In 1993 Greg Mortenson was descending from his failed attempt to reach the peak of K2. Exhausted and disoriented, he wandered away from his group into the most desolate reaches of northern Pakistan.  Alone, without food, water, or shelter he eventually stumbled into an impoverished Pakistani village where he was nursed back to health. 
While recovering he observed the village's 84 children sitting outdoors, scratching their lessons in the dirt with sticks.  The village was so poor that it could not afford the $1-a-day salary to hire a teacher.  When he left the village, he promised that he would return to build them a school. Mortenson had no reason to believe he could fulfill his promise.


School In an early effort to raise money he wrote letters to 580 celebrities, businessmen, and other prominent Americans.  His only reply was a $100 check from NBC's Tom Brokaw.  Selling everything he owned, he still only raised $2,000.  But his luck began to change when a group of elementary school children in River Falls, Wisconsin, donated $623 in pennies, thereby inspiring adults to take his cause more seriously. Twelve years later he's built fifty-five schools.

Mortenson and award-winning journalist David Oliver Relin (who lives in Portland) have written a spellbinding account of his incredible accomplishments in a region where Americans are feared and hated. In pursuit of his goal, Mortenson has survived an armed kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, repeated death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. Yet his success speaks for itself. This year the schools will educate 24,000 children.


 

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Why Lake Oswego Reads?

Just as it takes many books to make a library, it takes many individuals to make a community.  It also "takes a village" of perspectives to fully experience any one book.  By inviting all residents to read the same book, Lake Oswego Reads fosters discussion about themes, values, and important issues.  This intergenerational program sends the message that this community values books, intellectual pursuits, and thoughtful discussion among its members.

The goal of the program is to strengthen civic pride, foster discussion among residents and bring the community together through the common bond of reading.  It will go beyond inviting everyone to read the same book; it gives a forum in which to talk about different themes, concepts and issues in the book and a means to access related experiences.

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Book Selection Criteria:

1.  A book for high school age and older that would appeal to a wide range of readers from new readers to long time book group members.

2.  A book that will strengthen civic pride, foster discussion among residents and bring the community together through the common bond of reading.


3.   A book that would offer opportunities for additional citywide special events.


4.  Affordable, in paperback & audio.


About the Authors!

From Greg Mortenson:

 

“It is a tremendous honor to have the Lake Oswego community pick Three Cups of Tea, for the Lake Oswego Reads program, whose goal is to strengthen civic pride, foster discussion, and bring the community together through the common bond of reading. In a time of turmoil, when America yearns for peace, one only has to follow the simple example of the good people of Lake Oswego - one penny, one pencil, one child and one book at a time, to be inspired and have hope for the future.”


 

Greg Mortenson grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania from 1958 to 1973. His father established a teaching hospital, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, and his mother founded the International School Moshi.

 

In 1969, at age eleven, Mortenson climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa's highest mountain at 19,342 ft.) and became the youngest person to summit the mountain.

 

He was a U.S. Army medic in Germany during the Cold War (1977-1979), where he received the Army Commendation Medal, and later graduated from the Univ. of South Dakota in 1983, and pursued graduate studies in neurophysiology at Indiana University.

 

His lifelong interest in mountaineering culminated in a 1993 climb of Pakistan's treacherous K2, the world's second highest mountain, which changed his life.

 

Since 1993, Mortenson has dedicated his life as a humanitarian devoted to promote education, especially for girls, in remote, volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

As of 2007, Mortenson has established 58 schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide education to over 24,000 children, including 14,000 girls, where few education opportunities existed before.

 

His work has not been without peril.  In 1996, he survived an eight day armed kidnapping in Waziristan, in the NWFP Northwest Frontier Province tribal areas of western Pakistan (now a Taliban and al Qaeda sanctuary), escaped a 2003 firefight with feuding Afghan warlords by hiding for eight hours under putrid animal hides in a truck going to a leather-tanning factory. He has overcome two fatwehs from enraged Islamic mullahs, and also received hate mail and death threats from his fellow Americans after 9/11, for helping Muslim children with education.

Mortenson is a living hero to rural communities of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he has gained the trust of Islamic leaders, military commanders and tribal chiefs from his tireless effort to champion education, especially for girls.

 

He is one of few foreigners who has worked extensively for fourteen years in the region now considered the front lines of the war on terror. Mortenson has traveled to more than sixty countries in lifetime.

 

His cross-cultural expertise has brought him to speak on U.S. Capital Hill, National think tanks, the Pentagon, Dept. of Defense, U.S. State Dept., libraries, outdoor groups, universities, schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, business and civic groups, women's organizations and much more.

 

Mortenson is an advocate of girls' education as one of the major solutions to bring economic development, peace and prosperity to impoverished societies, and says, "you can hand out condoms, drop bombs, build roads, or put in electricity, but until the girls are educated a society won't change".

 

NBC newscaster, Tom Brokaw, calls Mortenson, "one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, who is really changing the world".

Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, says "Mortenson doesn't just climb mountains. He moves them, and through his dedication and determination, he's given hope and changed the lives of thousands of children in a region of turmoil".

While not overseas half the year, Mortenson, 49, lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife, Dr. Tara Bishop, and two children.

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Some of his achievements:

Central Asia Institute: Co-Founder and Executive Director

Pennies for Peace: Founder

Three Cups of Tea: Co-Author

Greg Mortenson is the founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute www.ikat.org
and Pennies For Peace www.penniesforpeace.org and co-author of Three Cups of Tea www.threecupsoftea.com

Mortenson's New York Times bestseller biography, is Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace. One School At A Time, co-authored by David Oliver Relin (Penguin 2007), which was also TIME Magazine Asia Book of the Year, received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) nonfiction Book Award, a Banff Mountain Festival book finalist, and was a finalist for the prestigious KIRIYAMA nonfiction book award (to be announced March 28, 2007).

 

Awards:

1975 US Army Commendation medal

1998 American Alpine Club David Brower Conservation Award

2002 Peacemaker Award from Montana Community Mediation Center

2003 Climbing Magazine "Golden Piton Award" for humanitarian effort

2003 Vincent Lombardi Champion Award for humanitarian service

2003 Peacemaker of the Year" Benedictine Monks, Santa Fe, NM

2003 Outdoor Person of the Year - Outdoor Magazine

2003 Salzburg Seminar fellow, sponsored by Microsoft

2004 Freedom Forum "Free Spirit Award" (National Press Club, D.C.)

2004 Jeanette Rankin Peace Award - Institute for Peace

2005 Men's Journal 'Anti-Terror' Award

2005 Red Cross "Humanitarian of The Year" Montana

2006 Golden Fleur-de-lis Award from Comune Firenze, Italy (November 2006)

2007 Medical Education Hall of Fame Award, Toledo, Ohio (April 2007)

2007 Mountain Institute Award For Excellence in Mountain Community Service

2007 Kiryama Prize Nonfiction Award


Publications:

Tre tazze di Tè, Nuovi Mondi Media, (Bologna), Nov. 2006, ISBN 0670034827

Mortenson biography: Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission To Fight Terrorism and Build Nations. One School At A Time; New York: Viking Press / Penguin Publishing, March 2006, Penguin paperback Feb. 2007, (ISBN 0670034827).

Inspirational chapter in: Chicken Soup for a Better World, Jack Canfield, et al., Deerfield Beach: HCI Books, August 2005 (ISBN 0757303129).

The Difference a Day Makes; Karen Jones, Novato: New World Library, 2005 (ISBN 1577314751). Contributing author.

Sustainable Development in Central Asia; Shirin Akiner, Sander Tideman (editors), Surrey: Curzon Press, 1998. (ISBN 0312219318). Summary and contributing author.

Central Asia Institute www.ikat.org

Three Cups of Tea www.threecupsoftea.com

Pennies For Peace www.penniesforpeace.org

Greg Mortenson www.gregmortenson.com


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About Author David Oliver Relin:

 

David Oliver Relin lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time, which was named the nonfiction winner of the 2007 Kiriyama Prize, The 2007 Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Book Of The Year, Time Magazine Asia Book Of The Year, People Magazine Critic's Choice, and a BookSense Notable Title.

 Relin is a graduate of Vassar and was awarded the prestigious Teaching/Writing Fellowship at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. After Iowa, he received a Michener Fellowship to support his groundbreaking 1992 bicycle trip the length of Vietnam. He spent two further years reporting about Vietnam opening to the world, while he was based in Hue, Vietnam's former imperial capital. In addition to Vietnam and Pakistan, he has traveled to, and/or reported from, much of East Asia.

For two decades, Relin has focused on reporting about social issues and their effect on children. He is currently a Contributing Editor for Parade. He was Senior News Editor for react, an award-winning weekly with a circulation of five million launched by Parade. His investigative features on school shootings, ecstasy abuse, and teenagers in prison for Teen People helped that publication win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Relin has won more than 40 national awards for work as both an editor and writer. His stories about child soldiers have been included in Amnesty International reports. And his investigation into the way the Immigration and Naturalization Service abused children in its custody contributed to the reorganization of that agency.
He spends several months each year reporting on, lecturing about, and raising money for the ongoing child hunger crisis in America. Relin is currently at work on a novel about Vietnam.


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Many photographs on this page courtesy of Greg Mortenson,

Central Asia Institute.

 

Look who's reading Three Cups of Tea!

From left to right: David Donaldson: Assistant City Manager, Jerry Knippel: Director of Special Projects, Ed Wilson: FireChief, Stephan Lashbrook: Interim City Manager, Bill Baars: Library Director, Sandy Kastrul: Human Resources Project Manager.

 


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