The Manzanita Creative Arts Council sponsors a reading series starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Community Center in Manzanita.

Sandy Polishuk and Phyllis Jamison kick off the 2004 Reading Series. Polishuk will read from her book, "Sticking to the Union: an Oral History of the Life and Times of Julia Ruuttila," a lifelong political activist. Born in 1907, Ruuttila spent most of her 84 years in Oregon, including a 13-year stint in Astoria from 1952 to 1965.

Author Polishuk has been an activist since the 1960s in the peace, justice, and women's liberation movements. She teaches oral history in the women's Studies Department at Portland State University and lives in Portland. She's a former resident of Rockaway Beach where she was a member of the Planning Commission and served on the board of the Nehalem Center of Tillamook Community College.

Phyllis Jamison will read from her book, "Out of the Hodgepodge," a collection of 50 very short stories inspired by unrelated words gleaned from the hodgepodge of everyday life. Designed to inspire or amuse the reader, some are dramatic and some fanciful, but all deal affectionately with human nature. Jamison lives on Neahkanie Mountain. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and has published human-interest articles, poetry and short fiction.

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