Annual Fundraiser Event featuring Solo Performer Stokley Towles

The Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC) would like to announce their Annual Fundraiser Event taking place on Saturday, July 8 at 6:00 pm at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts (LCCA), celebrating the LIFRC’s 20th anniversary. The event will begin with mingling, sipping wine, and enjoying delicious food out on LCCA’s South Lawn. Guests will then move inside and have the chance to learn about the LIFRC’s impact on the Lopez community and why their support is so appreciated.

Our featured guest this year is artist and storyteller Stokley Towles, who will entertain us with his comic insight into the Seattle Metro bus system. “For more than a decade, solo performer Stokley Towles has been studying us,” writes Brendan Kiley of The Stranger in Seattle.

As an artist/anthropologist, Towles tells stories about the ways in which human beings interact with their day-to-day environment. This may appear mundane to many of us, yet Towles’ flare for exploring the infrastructure of municipal systems—our sewer system, our trash or bus routes—is contagious. He explores these systems, takes up residency within them, looks closely at their environment, and interviews the people who work there to learn about their work and interactions with the public. His storytelling reveals the uncanny rhythm of these hidden worlds, and for our event, Towles will take us on a tour of the Seattle Metro bus system. We assure you that if you ever take a ride on a Seattle bus again, you will never see it the same way after Towles’ performance.

Towles has performed at conventions, art spaces, bookstores and nightclubs in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. His work has been presented locally at the Henry Art Gallery, Greg Kucera Gallery, and Seattle Art Museum, through Humanities Washington. He currently teaches at Evergreen State College.

Tickets are $60 and are going fast! Stop by the Resource Center office or the Lopez Bookshop to purchase tickets or call the Resource Center at 360-468-4117. Visit the LIFRC website for more details: www.lifrc.org.

 

Many thanks to our many generous individual and business supporters and sponsors that make this event possible: Jamie and Lauren Stephens, Kip & Stanley Greenthal, Steve & Michele Heller, Kiki Martin, Rita O’Boyle, Rip & Julie Van Camp, John & Carol Whetten, Rich & Nina Gartland, George Meilak & Ann Goss, Scott & Suzi Jennings, George & Stepper LeBoutillier, Ellie Roser, Gary Nelson & Betty Drumheller, Cliff & Mary Ann Cameron, Curt & Sharon Bonelli, Richard & Karen Carlson, Tom & Lisa DiGiorgio, Richard Fagen & Deborah Bundy, Todd Goldsmith & Diane Dear, Michael & Anne Karp, John & Liz King, Terry Larson & Nora McCloy, Brian & Karly Leyde, “Safety Pins”, Stanley & Valerie Piha, John & Susan Pohl, Jim & Bev Smith, Murray & Mariette Trelease, Ted & Mary Lynn Whitley, Bob Wilson, David & Beverly Zapalac, Charles & Nancy Givens, Celia Marquis, Sharon Friel, Jay & Gale Lynch, Helen Wrolstad, Ascent Building Company, The Edenwild Boutique Inn, Diana Hancock Attorney At Law, Greene Partners Architecture & Design, Isabel’s Espresso, Islander’s Bank, Lopez Bookshop, Lopez Island Realty, San Juan Pest Control, Sunset Builders Supply, Pal Enterprises, Pear Press, Termulo & Associates, LIFRC Peer Mentor Group I (Steve Horn Photography, Dessert Pedaler Cakery, Vita’s Wildly Delicious, Just Heavenly Fudge Shop, Journeys to Wholeness, Lilies of the Valley, Southend General Store, Lopez Island Brewing Company, Vortex, Holly B’s Bakery, Whispers of Nature), LIFRC Peer Mentor Group II (Midnight’s Farm & The Field House, Arbordoun, Flower Mountain Tree Services, Hunter Bay Woodworking Company, Blossom Grocer, Setsunai, Asarum Designs, Woodsia).