Nature of Gratitude ‘returning’ to The Grove

The Nature of Gratitude is an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word and photography. This year’s theme of exploration is “Returning.”

The fifth-annual event will gather at Opal Center for Arts and Education, 513 E Main St., on Friday, Dec. 6, beginning at 7 p.m., as part of a four-city tour. In the spirit of “Returning,” the free community event will celebrate recycled wearable art.

Each gathering is an opportunity to raise awareness and proceeds for a different local grassroots cause.

This year, donations will be accepted to benefit Community Sharing.

In Cottage Grove, the event will include live music from Grammy-nominated Native American flute master Gentle Thunder, accomplished songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning poet Beth Wood and internationally renowned vocalist Halie Loren.

In addition, performance poets Jorah LaFleur, Charles Goodrich and Charles Mattoon will contribute spoken word pieces.

Other contributors include Tom Titus, author of “Palindrome: Grateful Reflections from the Home Ground;” Eric Alan, photographer and author of “Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path” and the forthcoming “Grateful by Nature;” and Michele Rose and Fyona Rose from the Opal Center Trashion Show.

The Nature of Gratitude will also host gatherings in Eugene, Corvallis and Portland, with different causes and creative participants:

For more information on the Cottage Grove gathering, visit www.opal


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