Tuesday, September 16, 2008

september @ thump

File this in the "better late than never" folder. -hoc

ART: Vima Lupwa Homes Zambian Children’s Art (throughout September)

This month, Thump Coffee showcases art created by children living at the Vima Lupwa Home in Luanshya, Zambia. Vima Lupwa, the locally-based nonprofit founded by Bend native and Central Oregon Community College student Malerie Pratt, provides a loving foster home for a handful of the most needy among Zambia’s more than one million orphans.

Featured artists include Melody Banda, age 12; Mwape P. Malubeni, age 11 and Malama Membe, age 16, who runs the home’s bicycle repair business. The framed art will be available for purchase, and all proceeds support Vima Lupwa Homes and its mission.

Pratt, who recently returned from more than a month in Zambia, walked 10-kilometers to the nearest Internet connection to send an update on the Vima Lupwa children: “These are completely different children than I left last year. There is a peacefulness that has come over the house. The aggressive behavior they came with is no longer needed for survival. I am happy to report how successful this home has been and what incredibly patient parents Violet and Mr. Mwala are.”

Violet Membe, a Zambian social worker and mother of two, co-founded the Vima Lupwa Home with Pratt. She and her husband raise the foster children as part of their family, providing a truly Zambian upbringing where they are raised with their own culture, values and religion.

For more about the Vima Lupwa Homes project, as well as photos and biographies of the children, go to www.lupwahomes.org.

Traditional Cappuccino Happy Hour, Fridays, 2:30pm to close

Join us every Friday for a celebration of the classic Italian espresso drink, the Traditional Cappuccino. During TradCap Happy Hour - or Cappy Hour, if you will - enjoy half-priced traditional espresso drinks, dopios, macchiatos, and traditional cappuccinos. Many people have never ventured to try these delightful little drinks. No syrup, no chocolate, just espresso and perhaps a small embrace of milk steamed to sweet, velvety perfection!

CUPPING: Sunday, September 21, 1:30 -2:30 pm

Come join this low-key exploration of the ins and outs of tasting coffee like the pros. Cuppings are usually the third Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm.

Thump Coffee is located in downtown Bend at 25 NW Minnesota Ave. For details, visit www.ThumpCoffee.com or call 541-388-0226.


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