Grab the kids, put on your dancing shoes and come on out to a Hootenanny—a benefit fundraiser for the School & Community Reuse Action Project, SCRAP! The family dance event takes place on Saturday, May 8th from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the spacious and super scrappy Liberty Hall in Northeast Portland (311 N. Ivy Street—one block south of Freemont, 2 blocks west of Vancouver). Long time SCRAP friend, Paul Silviera will call simple square dances to the old-time fiddle tunes of Tuck & the Shovelheads. Everyone is encouraged to join in, no experience required, and dance instruction will be provided. Cost at the door is on a sliding scale, and there will be a membership drive for new and renewing Scrappers.
The night will also feature a cakewalk, raffle drawings and a Monster Card tournament. Monster Cards, a homemade game of arbitrary comparisons, tempts young and old to create their own deck of "monsters" and then pit them against one another in a democratic forum. Scrap materials will be available for those who wish to create new cards or add to an existing deck. Monster Cards are growing in popularity across the nation, and the game has received attention in the Oregonian and Tribune newspapers.
SCRAP is a valuable Portland community resource whose mission is to keep reusable materials out of the landfill while inspiring and educating children, artists and the public about the many ways to transform trash into treasures. SCRAP has won several awards over the years for its work in environmental arts and, annually, keeps 67,000 lbs. of reusable materials out of the waste stream. The Hootenanny fundraiser is the first of a season of events planned to help the Project reach its critical financial goals. For more information, call 503-294-0796 or visit SCRAP on the web at www.scrapaction.org.