SEASIDE - Theater lovers are in for a treat Friday, Jan. 28, when ENCORE (Exploring New Concepts of Retirement Education) presents a showcase of talent from theater groups on the North Coast. Six groups will present bits from their repertoires at ENCORE's Winter Social from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Elks Club, 324 Avenue A in Seaside. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.

Performances include music from "Don Giovanni" and a duet by Mozart, sung by Katherine Matschiner and Deac Guidi, representing the Astoria Music Festival; a monologue from "The Belle of Amherst," a play based on the life of Emily Dickinson, by Colleen Toomey of Cannon Beach's Coaster Theatre; and a scene from the River Theater's upcoming offering of "The Mystery of Marie Roget," adapted by Mick Alderman from a story by Edgar Allen Poe. Students from Astoria and Seaside high schools and Broadway Middle School will also present scenes, skits and monologues. Refreshments will be served, and Rex Anderson will give a brief overview of the ENCORE program.

Sponsored by Clatsop Community College and affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network, ENCORE is open to adults 50 and older. Members come from Oregon's North Coast and the south Washington coast. Dues of $50 are paid annually in September and entitle members to enroll in any or all of the group's course offerings during the year. For more information, call the CCC Continuing Education office at (503) 338-2408 or visit the ENCORE Web page at www.clatsopcc.edu/programs/encore. Washington residents can call (866) 252-8767.

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