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    Community / A.C.E.
October 2, 2017
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Free “Attracting Pollinators” workshop
Oct 11, 6-8:30pm, McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 NE
33rd Ave, Portland). Attend “Attracting Pollinators to the Urban
Garden,” a free sustainable garden workshop at which
participants learn about the bees, flies, beetles, moths, and
butterflies that provide vital pollination services in urban
gardens, and also discover which plants can help attract and
support them. For info, or to register (required), call (503)
935-5368 or visit <>.
Free “Naturescaping Basics” workshop
Oct 14, 21 & 29; Oct 14, 11:30am-3:30pm, Peninsula Park
Community Center (700 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland); Oct 21,
9am-1pm, Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd Ave,
Portland); Oct 29, 1-5pm, Leach Botanical Garden (6704 SE
122nd Ave, Portland). Attend “Naturescaping Basics,” a free
sustainable garden workshop at which participants learn to
create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water;
prevents pollution; creates a habitat; and saves time, money, and
energy. The workshop also offers natural gardening and design
tips to help make a garden a healthy place for children, pets, and
wildlife. For info, or to register (required), call (503) 935-5368 or
visit <>.
Medicare information session
Oct 15, 18 & 21; Oct 15, 1:45-3:15pm, Holgate Library (7905
SE Holgate Blvd, Portland); Oct 18, 3:30-5pm, Fairview-
Columbia Library (1520 NE Village St, Fairview, Ore.); Oct 21,
11am-12:30pm, Gresham Library (385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham,
Ore.). Attend a free information session to learn the basics of the
Medicare program and also how it operates for those who are
already enrolled. For info, or to register (required), call (503)
988-5123 or visit <>.
“Kimchi 101”
Oct 16, 5-6:30pm, North Portland Library (512 N
Killingsworth St, Portland). Learn about the fermented cabbage
dish known as kimchi, a staple of Korean cuisine since its
inception in seventh-century Korea, and how to make it, at
“Kimchi 101.” For info, or to register (required), call (503)
988-5123 or visit <>.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Oct 17, 7-8pm, Whole Foods Market, Studio 1, Mount
Bachelor Conference Room (3535 NE 15th Ave, Portland).
Engage in conversation about literature at a Pageturners
discussion sponsored by Friends of the Library. The book for
discussion is Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a
book about an immigrant, who after September 11, finds his
position in his adopted city of New York suddenly overturned and
his identity in seismic shift, which unearths allegiances more
fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love. For info,
call (503) 988-5123 or visit <>.
“Architecture of Internment:
The Buildup to Wartime Incarceration”
Oct 17, 7-8:30pm, Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E Main
St, Hillsboro, Ore.). View “Architecture of Internment: The
Buildup to Wartime Incarceration,” a travelling exhibit
highlighting the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate
Japanese Americans during World War II. The display features
personal letters and proclamations from Oregonians to
then-governor Charles Sprague in 1941 and 1942 advocating for
the exclusion and incarceration of Japanese-American
Oregonians, along with his responses; blueprints of potential
“Assembly Center” and “Relocation Camp” locations such as race
tracks and fairgrounds; letters from Japanese Americans
expressing outrage about the injustice; and more. For info, call
(503) 615-3485 or visit <>. To learn
more, visit <>.
“Beginning Cybersecurity”
Oct 21, 2-4pm, Capitol Hill Library (10723 SW Capitol Hwy,
Portland). Learn how to stay safe online at “Beginning
Cybersecurity.” Topics include creating a secure password (and
why to do it), recognizing and avoiding scam e-mails and identity
theft, identifying security concerns with mobile apps, and
understanding the basics of encryption. Participants may bring a
laptop or mobile device or use a library computer. For info, or to
register (required), call (503) 988-5123 or visit <events.>.
Mandarin computer basics
Oct 21, Nov 18 & Dec 16, 10:30am-12:30pm, Multnomah
County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland). Attend
classes to learn basic technology skills for computers, taught
by friendly, patient staff in Mandarin. For info, or to
register (required), call (503) 988-5123 or visit <events.multco>.
“Family Acceptance” workshop
Oct 22, 4-6pm, Warner Pacific College, Library (2219 SE 68th
Ave, Portland). Attend “Family Acceptance,” a workshop
featuring Asian-American parents sharing their experiences of
confusion, fear, love, acceptance, and celebration of their LGBTQ
(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) children.
Parents of LGBTQ youth who would like to talk with other
parents who understand the unique cultural issues in the
community, LGBTQ people who want to come out to their
parents, people who are struggling with family acceptance, and
those who have already come out to their parents, caregivers, or
other family members are welcome to attend. Dinner is provided.
For info, or to register (by October 15), call (503) 877-9379 or
e-mail <>.
Eugene Symphony’s music director commits
to creating access to great live music
By Maileen Hamto
The Asian Reporter
onnecting people of all ages in
Eugene with the magic and
experience of live orchestral
music is a priority for Francesco
Lecce-Chong, the new music director
and conductor for the Eugene
Lecce-Chong started conducting at
age 16, and has been ascending in his
craft ever since.
Thus far in his short but illustrious
appeared with orchestras around the
world, including the National
Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong
Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto
Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee
Symphony Orchestra, and St. Louis
Symphony Orchestra, among others.
He has served as assistant conductor
of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orches-
tra and music director of the Pitts-
burgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.
“Every performance is unique;
nothing is ever exactly the same. At
any given moment, as musicians, we
all are feeling slightly different, all
reacting slightly differently,” Lecce-
Chong said. “I love the challenge and
spontaneity, and the people I get to
work with.”
For the top musical post at the
Eugene Symphony, Lecce-Chong
bested 250 candidates from across
the United States and more than 40
countries. At his audition concert in
March, he connected instantly with
Eugene musicians.
“It was a difficult program, and the
orchestra played so well together,” he
said. “The performance was a perfect
mix of intense work and real enjoy-
ment as well.”
As one of the most sought-after
conductors of his generation, Lecce-
Chong’s travel schedule will continue
to be busy. And he considers himself
“lucky” to have a home base in
“Even though I’ve been living in big
cities, it’s great to return somewhere
where the outdoors is so important,”
said Lecce-Chong, a native of
Boulder, Colorado.
“Nature and music go very well
together. Eugene is a beautiful city to
be part of the art scene.”
While settling into his new role,
getting to know the community is on
the top of his to-do list. Thus far, he
has been busy becoming acquainted
with the staff and musicians of the
orchestra, as well as the symphony’s
expansive support base in Eugene
and beyond.
“No one goes to an orchestra
concert and walks away feeling
underwhelmed,” he said. “My biggest
priority is to make sure everyone is
connected to all that we’re doing, and
MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR. Connecting people of all ages in Eugene with the
magic and experience of live orchestral music is a priority for Francesco Lecce-Chong, the new mu-
sic director and conductor for the Eugene Symphony. Lecce-Chong started his four-year position
with the Eugene Symphony this summer. (Photo/Amanda L. Smith Photography)
way of connecting with the music.” he
to feel connected to the music.”
“In a perfect world, we’re con- said. “I’ve always loved that part
stantly moving to a spot where every about conducting: getting people to
single person in Eugene will have a work together to create this amazing
chance to hear the Eugene experience for our audience.”
In his various roles at other
Symphony,” he explained. “Our goal
is to continue to expand what we orchestras, Lecce-Chong became
offer, and be sure everyone has the known for his ability and drive to
connect with community and has had
chance to hear great music.”
Sharing his love for live music, great success designing programs
while also ensuring the experience is that engage youth in music. For the
accessible to people of all back- Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, he
grounds is important for Lecce- led the nationally renowned Arts in
Chong, who is proud of his mixed Community Education program,
considered among one of the largest
“I grew up in a Chinese and Italian arts integration programs in the
home — third-generation on both country. While in Pittsburgh, he
sides,” he said. “I learned very quickly offered
about how much fun it is to conducted concerts for school
experience culture.”
In Eugene, he looks forward to
His lived experiences in bridging
his upbringing with his training in bringing the same passion for
classical piano have instilled an creating access to music for people of
appreciation of and willingness to all backgrounds and ages.
“One of the great things about
showcase the cultural artistry of
diverse musical traditions whenever music is that you don’t need to play or
experience it as a professional in
he can.
“As a music director, it’s important order for it to have an amazing effect
for me to take a big view of what we’re on you, to allow you to feel creative, to
doing musically, and make sure we let your imagination run wild,” he
have wide cultural diversity in the said.
“As human beings, we’ve always
music, although much of it is
western- and European-based,” he used music to communicate with each
other. Even deeper than spoken
Lecce-Chong thoroughly appre- language, we are able to connect
ciates opportunities to showcase emotionally through music.”
The next performance of the
diverse musical styles and origins.
This year, he was the guest conductor Eugene Symphony, Piano Fireworks,
for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s is led by Lecce-Chong and features
Lunar New Year concert that pianist Conrad Tao. It takes place at
featured the Shaanxi Province Song 7:30pm on Thursday, October 19 at
National the Hult Center for the Performing
Orchestra performing on traditional Arts, located at One Eugene Center in
Eugene, Oregon. To learn more about
“It’s a joy connecting with Francesco Lecce-Chong and the
musicians, each with their own Eugene Symphony, or to buy tickets,
artistry, personality, and their own visit <>.