Thursday, January 18

9:15 am-10:00 am
CANCELED due to weather-related conditions!: ICL Welcome Back Coffee
The Welcome Back Coffee is rescheduled for Tuesday, January 23rd.
10:00 am-12:00 pm
CANCELED due to weather-related conditions!"Ballet for Everyone," Mike Weddle, Leigh Goldberger [Brenda Kidder], To be rescheduled...
weddle  goldberger The presentation will start with the history of ballet from Catherine de' Medici to Louis XIV to the present. How did it develop? How has it changed? What should you look for when you go to a ballet (and I hope you all will)? Who were the major ballet figures in our lifetime? Which companies are the best in the world right now? Have you seen Oregon Ballet Theatre recently?

I will be joined by Leigh Goldberger, company dancer at Oregon Ballet Theatre, for a presentation that will be part lecture (a small part), part demonstration by Leigh, and various video clips taken from the unlimited resources of the Internet - you will see ballets ranging from Swan Lake to Manon to West Side Story - all with incredible music.

Leigh and I will be happy to answer any questions you have at the end of the first hour and again at the end of the second.

Leigh Goldberger is from West Palm Beach, Florida, where she trained with Deborah Marquez of the School of Ballet Arts while attending A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. As a student, she was fortunate to have worked with many artistic directors and guest choreographers in all styles of dance, and has had the honor of performing roles in many classical ballets including George Balanchine’s Serenade and Valse Fantaisie, and pieces set by Lloyd Culbreath of the Fosse Trust. She has attended summer programs with Houston Ballet Academy, Milwaukee Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and CuBallet with Laura Alonzo. In 2018, she joined Nashville Ballet’s training program for two seasons before joining OBT2 for the 2020-21 season. She was promoted to company apprentice in the 2021-22 season and to a Company Artist for the 2022-23 season.

Mike Weddle was raised in Berkeley, California. He started studying dance at age 18, first at UCLA and then in San Francisco, New York and London. He worked with many modern and classical choreographers, among them José Limón, Murray Lewis and Kenneth MacMillan. After an injury ended his dance career he started teaching in Salem, Oregon. He taught special education, computer science and conservation biology. In 2000 he helped establish the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School, a public charter school focusing on environmental science. He retired in 2007 but continues to volunteer at his former school. He and his wife Karen have been supporters of OBT since its creation. He began serving on the OBT Board of Trustees in 2016.

Tuesday, January 23

9:15 am-10:00 am
"Welcome Back Coffee," [Social Services], Kaneko Lobby
Come early before class starts to socialize and meet our 3 new members and have a hot beverage and some pastries!
10:00 am-11:00 am
"Sexual Dimorphism," Wayne Wallace [ICL], Kaneko Auditorium
wallace_wayne.jpg I plan on giving many examples of vertebrates not following the typical male/female pattern for reproduction. Some examples are: species composed of only females, lone females laying fertile eggs, species that have multiple morphs of males and females, females the breed outside their species, species that have individuals that change their sex, males that take on many of the task associated with females, and various mutations that cause the genetics not to match the anatomy.

Wayne Wallace has been a member of ICL since 2015.

11:00 am-12:00 pm
"Salem For Refugees- Empowering Refugees to Thrive," Tania Wilson Moran [Brenda Kidder], Kaneko Auditorium

moran-tania-wilson.jpgAccording to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the official definition of a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.

Established in 2015, Salem For Refugees is a local resettlement agency dedicated to welcoming and supporting refugees from all over the world as they make Salem, Oregon their new home. Through the collaboration of volunteers and community partners, our mission, vision and distinctives are to create opportunities of connection, empowerment and mutually transformative relationships for our new neighbors. Join us to hear more about our mission and find ways to connect and support our new neighbors.

Tania Wilson Moran is the Volunteer Coordinator- Salem For Refugees


1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Winery, Tourism,& Agricultural Photography Around the World," Andréa Johnson [Brenda Kidder], Kaneko Auditorium


A visual journey of photos and videos around the world exploring the connection between cultures through food, wine, and agriculture.

I’m a photographer and director specializing in the wine, agriculture, and adventure travel industries. With a base in Portland, Oregon surrounded by abundant natural beauty, I’ve also been fortunate to travel the globe creating custom photography & video libraries, magazine stories, documentary films, video campaigns, and leading photography tours.

My editorial experiences range from coffee table wine books to cover & feature stories with leading publications for the wine & travel industries. I have photographed four books: Passion for Pinot, Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest, Spectacular Washington Wineries, and Spectacular Oregon Wineries.

In 2009 I expanded into video and film, creating Lumaria Productions in partnership with Robert Holmes, for commercial, editorial, and documentary film projects. We’ve received a Telly Award for the Washington Wine Commission “Our Story” video, placed 4th in the top 10 videos for Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2016 video contest for New Zealand Sustainable, and won multiple film festival awards for their documentary film “The Noble Spirit”.

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in communication with a concentration in film, art, and journalism from Northwestern University, I began my career working as a photography producer at Nike world headquarters and in house at several adventure sports and travel magazines including Sports Etc and Oregon Outdoors Magazine.

Thursday, January 25

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel," Joseph Cahn [Brenda Kidder], Kaneko Auditorium
cahnIn the midst of great evil it is the courageous man or woman who refuses to succumb, and Peter Ertel was one such man. Forced to serve in the German army despite his open contempt for the Nazis and his refusal to kill the enemy, Ertel would not only miraculously survive World War II but would also be regarded as family by his Jewish employers. THE UNIMAGINABLE JOURNEY OF PETER ERTEL is a riveting, award-winning account of the life of a man who defied insurmountable odds in an unforgiving environment and who later found peace in America. This film combines archive footage – much of which has never before been shown – with Ertel’s own brave telling of his extraordinary odyssey. A true story so bold, brave, and beautiful it will restore your faith that humanity can survive even the darkest of days. Winner of the "David Ponce Best of the Fest Award" at the 2017 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, the "Founders' Choice Award" at the 2016 G.I. Film Festival, and the "Local Heroes Competition" at the 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival.

Joseph Cahn has been producing, writing, and editing broadcast and non-broadcast film and video productions for nearly 30 years. Before starting Victory Films in 2004, he was a producer-editor for several Cleveland-area multimedia firms. Prior to that, he was a producer with NFL Films where he wrote and edited highlight films and segments for HBO, ESPN, and home video.

Tuesday, January 30

10:00 am-11:00 am
"Balance & Fall Prevention," Erin Clubb, CPT [Brenda Kidder], Kaneko Auditorium
clubb Falls can have very serious consequences as we age. Each year, more than 25 percent of adults 65 or older have a fall, and 3 million are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The risk of falling in older adults is usually related to combination of factors, including: Balance and/or walking problems, the use of multiple medications, home hazards, positional low blood pressure and feet/footwear issues which will be covered in this presentation.

Erin is a Certified Personal Trainer and has worked with Fitness Evolved for seven years. She is also part of the Health Education Team at the Salem Health Community Health Education Center (CHEC) which provides education on various health topics to our Community.
11:00 am-12:00 pm
"The FBI National Academy Program For Law Enforcement Command Level Executives," Todd Engstrom [Eric Rief], Kaneko Auditorium
engstrom-todd.jpg Captain Engstrom will explain how this exclusive program operates with only 1 percent of Law Enforcement leaders nationally being selected to attend, what is taught, and what he learned from this experience.

Before becoming the Silverton Police Captain, Todd Engstrom worked for 27 years as a police officer with the Portland Police. During that time, he held several positions including Advanced Academy Coordinator, Liquor License Investigator, Bike Officer and Trainer, Background Investigator, Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Mounted Patrol Officer. He received a BA in Criminal Justice & Corrections from Indiana University Bloomington and an MPS in Public Safety from the University of Virginia.
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
"Finding Trustworthy Health Information in the Age of Google and ChatGPT: Salem Health’s Medical Librarian Walks You Through Your Options" Paul Howard [Dave MacMillan], Kaneko Auditorium
howard Learn about the Community Health Education Center at Salem, and find out how medical librarian Paul Howard and the CHEC library’s hand-picked collection of books, videos, and electronic resources can connect you with the health information you need.  Discover how search engines like Google and Bing and AI platforms like ChatGPT and Bard are just not up to the task, at least not yet.  We’ll also explore how you can determine whether a given web site might be biased or untrustworthy.

Paul W. Howard, PhD, MLIS, is Health System Librarian at Salem Health, where he has worked since 2004.  He is married to physician Antje Howard, has two adult sons, and loves hiking and fishing in the great outdoors.  He also could still probably thrash Dave MacMillan at ping pong if given the chance and if the ping pong gods were happy with him on that particular day.
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Great Decisions, Video Lecture: Mideast Realignment," Anita Owen [Anita Owen/Mark Kendall], Kaneko Auditorium
owens  kendall The United States and Middle East are at a crossroads. In spite of a reduced presence in the Middle East, the U.S. still has significant national interests there and the area is a key arena for global power politics. Can the U.S. continue to defend its interests in the Middle East and globally with a lower level of military and political involvement, or should it recommit to a leading role in the region?

Anita Owen joined ICL in September 2022.
Mark Kendall joined ICL in September 2023.
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