Notables vie for Tongue Twister’ title Feb. 28

Defending champion Bruce Ludwig will face nine other community members in the 2014 SMART Tongue Twister Tournament, Feb. 28 at a new location, Columbia Center for the Arts.

The night of comic word play and music is a benefit for the Hood River County Start Making A Reader Today program.

Here is this year’s Tongue Twister roster:

Auctioneer Ron Chamness, Full Sail’s Sandra Evans, actor Julie Jindal, singer Char Mayer, County Commissioner Maui Meyer, high school principal Rich Polkinghorn, Wy’east Vineyards’ Christie Reed, CCA Director Gregory Smith, and Westside teacher Amalia Shaner.

This year’s judges include the 2012 Tongue Twister Tournament champion, Kim Vogel, Justice of the Peace Cindy Mitchell, of Cascade Locks, and Mike Glover, Hood River Chamber of Commerce director.

The event starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for all ages. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

In addition to the contestants doing tongue twisters, there will be an open mic opportunity for the audience to try them, and win raffle prize tickets.

Music will be by The Unrelated Mayers: Char Mayer, who with her husband, Gordon, owns Mya Moe Ukeleles, and pianist Tim Mayer.

Jindal will also perform a brief excerpt from “A Voice of My Own,” the next CAST production (running March 14-15). The staged reading is directed by Desiree Amyx-Mackintosh.

SMART is a nonprofit organization providing literacy help to children in grades K-3 and, new this year, to Head Start preschoolers. SMART operates in the schools but all funding from the program comes from private donations.

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