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November 2012 calendar

Calendar items for December are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15. Email listings to editor@boomnw.com.

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• The Geezer Gallery grand opening in new location: 600 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite E, Portland. Nov. 1-30: “The Shipscapes of Captain Bob,” a two-year waterline photo history of the eroding archaeological sides of a World War II Navy tugboat on the Multnomah Channel in Portland. Through photography and encaustic wax, artist and photographer Karen Story, created works that reveal intricately depicted abstract landscapes. Also on exhibit: interpretations of traditional warrior art and contemporary warrior spirit masks by Shoshone-Yokut warrior artist Black Eagle. Info: 503-244-0441, www.geezergallery.com

• “Race: Are We So Different? Through Jan. 1, 2013, OMSI, 945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, 503-797-4517, www.omsi.edu. This is the first national exhibition to tell the story of race from biological, cultural and historical points of view. Introducing the idea of race as a primarily social construct, as opposed to a physical reality, the exhibit invites visitors to challenge how they perceive their differences and similarities. Exhibit is a project of the American Anthropological Association and is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation. The price of the exhibit is included in paid museum admission. Members get in free.

• Revels Autumn Salon — Cecil Sharp and the English Roots of the Appalachian Ballad: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Taborspace, 5441 S.E. Belmont St., Portland. Portland Revels presents an educational salon to dig deeper into the culture presented in its Christmas Revels shows every holiday season. Autumn Salon presenters are Richard Lewis and special guest Ruth McLain, visiting from the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains in Berea, Ky. Admission $15 adults, $10 seniors and students; group discounts available. Pay at the door or buy advance tickets online at www.portlandrevels.org.

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• “Bamboo Art: Meditation and Transformation”: Nov. 2-25, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland. Three artists — Anne Crumpacker, Charissa Brock and Jiro Yonezawa — whose medium is bamboo assemble a collection of works focused on the art and craft of working with bamboo as a life-affirming process for both the artist and the viewer. Garden winter hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Mondays. Garden admission $9.50 adults, $7.75 senior 62 and older, $7.75 college students with ID, $6.75 youths 6-17. Info: 503-223-1321 or online at japanesegarden.com.

• “A Dickens Christmas Carol — A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts”: Nov. 2-18, presented by Mask & Mirror Community Theatre on “The Stage” at Calvin Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard. This farce follows a British touring company on its 15th annual farewell tour of the Dickens Christmas classic — a tour where everything that can possibly go wrong on stage does. Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors, students and active military, $5 youth under 10. Tickets and reservations: call 503-691-1779 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info: MaskAndMirror.com or Gary Romans, 503-524-2058.

• Living Well with Chronic Conditions: Six-week workshop continues 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 30, Trenton Terrace Community Room, 4720 N. Trenton St., Portland. Receive tools for living a healthy life with chronic conditions including diabetes, arthritis, asthma and heart disease. Free. Registration required; call the Hollywood Senior Center, 503-288-8303.

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• The Portland Ballet free open rehearsals: 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, TPB Studio, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland. The community is invited to these free rehearsals to see the development of the company's production of John Clifford’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Performances of the ballet are Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25, at Portland State University'sLincoln Hall. Tickets and info: theportlandballet.org, 503-452-8448.

• Stamp Camp: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, Tualatin Public Library, Library Community Room, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin, 503-691-3069. Cost: $16 for supplies. Anyone under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Register online at www.tualatinoregon.gov/library.

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• Arts in aging conference: 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, Flavia Hall at Marylhurst University, on Highway 43 south of Lake Oswego. The Portland Creative Arts Therapies Association hosts a one-day conference titled “The Dance, Art & Song of Aging: Embracing the Elders of our Community through the Creative Arts Therapies.” Keynote talk by Lillian Pitt, Pacific Northwest Native American artist and storyteller. More info online at www.catapdx.org.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Jim Beatty, celebrating 60 years in the music business, will appear in concert with his band Nov. 4 at JBs Lounge. See Nov. 4 listing for details.• Jim Beatty Band special 60th anniversary concert: 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, Red Lion Jantzen Beach Hotel, JB's Lounge, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland. Two bands present non-stop music. The Jim Beatty Band features Beatty on clarinet and soprano sax; Pete Pepke, trombone; Wayne Travillion, cornet; David Duthie, bass; Dave Johnson, guitar; Reece Marshburn, piano; Sam Foulger, drums; and Marianna Thielen, vocals. Concert also features an all-star six-piece guest band. Admission $15 per person at the door. Reservations: 503-656-5620 or visit www.jimbeattyjazz.com.

•St. Pius X Christmas and Holiday Bazaar: Nov. 1-4, St. Pius X Community Center (handicapped acessible), 1280 N.W. Saltzman Road, Cedar Mill. The St. Pius X Women’s Club will hold its 52nd annual bazaar starting with early bird night from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 ($2 early bird entry this night only). The event continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The bazaar will feature more than 50 vendors with their handcrafted items, the “Vintage Corner” with items from years past as well as a bake sale and a raffle offering such prizes as a three-night stay at a four-bedroom Sunriver vacation home and a handmade queen-size quilt.

• “Music for the Generations,” a VIEWS fall event/fundraiser: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, Terwilliger Plaza, 2545 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd, Portland. Terwilliger Plaza and VIEWS, a senior peer-counseling program, present Anne Weiss, international folk and blues performer, with Donny Wright on bass, Brenda Peltier and the Just Add Soul Choir. Complementary valet parking and refreshments. A suggested donation of $20, to be collected at the door, supports the work of VIEWS. To ensure seating, and for more information and directions, RSVP to Melissa Mead, 503-261-6175, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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• PCPA Noontime Showcase — Readers Theatre Gresham: Noon-1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, rotunda of Antoinette Hatfield Hall, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland. Showcase features actors from Readers Theatre Gresham, presented by Sandy Actors Theatre, who will read scenes from “Leading Ladies.” Written by Ken Ludwig, author of “Lend Me a Tenor,” the play is a wild, fast-paced farce, filled with outrageous characters and broad comedy. Suitable for age 6 and older. Free; tickets not required. Bring your lunch and enjoy a live show. Info: 503-248-4335. Website: www.pcpa.com/events/noontime-showcase-readers-theatre-gresham

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• Sequoia Gallery + Studios: 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503-693-0401. Nov. 6-30: Featured artists include husband and wife Doug and Carolyn Pettitt. Doug displays photographs of found objects taken on a trip to the Mexican Caribbean. Carolyn shows her printmaking skills and acrylic paintings of abstract human figures. Fused glass artist JoAnn Wellner presents pieces containing silk-screened images of collectables and prehistoric cave art. Opening reception 6-8 p.m, Tuesday. Nov. 6. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. www.sequoiagallerystudios.org.

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• Interactive community discussion — Oregon's Long Term Health Care Plan: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 7, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

• Prime Timers Dining Club: Wednesday, Nov. 7, Heidi's Restaurant, 1230 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham, 503-667-4200. Singles age 50 and up are invited. Be there at 6 p.m. for social time followed by ordering dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is Dutch treat. Info: Call Pat at 503-936-5861 or email Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Website: www.PrimeTimersDiningClub.com

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• “Get Out! Designing Landscapes that Bring Everyone Outside Again”: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Ecotrust Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, 721 N.W. Ninth Ave., Portland. The Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Oregon Chapter, hosts Julie Moir Messervy in a lecture open to the public. Admission $30. Info and tickets online at www.apldoregon.org.

• Mandarin Chinese Class: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

• Medicare Basics: 3-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Short presentation on basic Medicare information, tips on comparing plans, and a demonstration of how to use the Medicare Plan Finder. A Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) counselor will answer questions. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

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• “Holladay Bazaar”: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Holladay Park Plaza retirement community, 1300 N.E. 16th Ave., Portland. A wide variety of vendors, including Holladay Park Plaza residents and staff, will display handcrafted items and articles collected from international travel. Our on-site, second-hand shop, “Wise Buys” will offer gently used items, the sales of which goes to support the Holladay Park Plaza Resident’s Assistance Fund. New this year will be wine tasting by Hip Chicks Do Wine, a local wine shop. Info: Call Susan Maselli, 503-331-4886. For directions, call 503-288-6671 or visit www.retirement.org/hpp.

• The Portland Ballet free open rehearsal: 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, TPB Studio, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland. See the development of the company's production of John Clifford’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Performances of the ballet are Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25, at Portland State University'sLincoln Hall. Tickets and info: theportlandballet.org, 503-452-8448.

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• Portland Japanese Garden Free Admission Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland. Everyone is welcome to visit the garden free of charge on this day. Guides will answer questions and speak about the garden’s history, culture, and traditions. The garden is offering $10 off new and gift memberships purchased during Free Day. Info: 503-223-1321 or japanesegarden.com/free-admission-day.

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• Beaverton Historical Society monthly presentation: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Beaverton History Center, 12412 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton, 503-430-0106, www.historicbeaverton.org. Free. Program: Historical blues concert with local musician Jason Thomas, Blues in the Schools director for the Cascade Blues Association. Thomas teaches guitar and plays in many top local bands, including the Stingers, who will represent Portland at the IBC in Memphis in February 2013.

• Northwest Writers & Publishers Association presents “Going Viral!” with Karen Landey: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. Landey, owner of Indie Arts Productions, shows writers how to ride the rapidly expanding wave of the digital publishing age. Self-publishers, marketers, journalists, artists, authors and aspiring authors are welcome. No charge for NWPA members or students under 18, $10 charge for guests, member’s guest $5. Info: www.northwestwriterspublishers.weebly.com or call Veronica Esagui at 503-913-6006.

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• Greeting card decoration workshop fundraiser: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Fundraiser for the Hollywood Senior Center; $5 recommended donation. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

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• Downsizing in Today's Real Estate Market: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Bring your questions to this panel discussion. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the center to sign up.

• Gary Ogan in concert with Dave Captein on bass and special guest Kris Deelane: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, O'Connor's Vault, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway, Multnomah Village in Portland, 503-244-1690. Tickets $10 advance from ogandeelane.brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door.

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• Medicare Basics: 10-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, Trenton Terrace Community Room, 4720 N. Trenton St., Portland. Short presentation on basic Medicare information, tips on comparing plans, and a demonstration of how to use the Medicare Plan Finder. A Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) counselor will answer questions. Free; donations to the center appreciated. Registration required; call the Hollywood Senior Center, 503-288-8303.

• Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, First United Methodist Church, Portland; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Good Shepherd Community Church. Program: “Several Firsts,” with guest conductor Andres Lopera and flute soloist Jessica Sindell. Program: Glinka's “Russlan & Ludmilla”; Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1, G major, K. 313; Shostacovich's Symphony No. 1, F minor, Op. 10. Tickets $30 adults, $25 seniors, $10 students (12 and older), $5 children (under 12), available online at www.columbiasymphony.org, by phone at 503-234-4077 or sold at the concert beginning one hour before the performance.

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• Exhibit — “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe”: Opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and continuing through May 31, 2013, Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, Making its debut appearance in the Pacific Northwest, the 2,500-square-foot exhibition, which runs through May 31, 2013, immerses visitors in the mystery and discoveries of the Hubble since its launch in April 1990. A scale model of the Hubble is the focal point of the installation, while “satellite” displays incorporate hands-on activities about how the telescope works. A “space/time” section features Hubble's contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. The exhibit also features the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble and expected to launch in 2014. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free to museum members, $6 adults, $4 children. Children age 3 and under get in free. The 503-645-5353, www.washingtoncountymuseum.org.

• “Singing in the Moment” workshop and master class: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Jeremiah Productions Studio, 22389 S.W. 110th Place, Tualatin. This is for aspiring performers of all ages who want to improve the way they perform or communicate. Participants will learn how to share their best selves on stage, in the boardroom and as they experience life. They will learn about “in the moment” focus and their emotional barometer as well as strategies to improve vocal technique, breath flow, diction and interpretive skills. Coaches Beth Donnelly and Douglas Feller are a husband-and-wife duo with years of experience in the performing arts and education fields. Cost: $87 ($67 student rate). To register, call Jeremiah Productions, 503-691-8505, or visit www.jeremiahproductions.com

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• Paulann Petersen reading: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe, 45 S. State St., downtown Lake Oswego, 503-697-7097. Peterson, Oregon Poet Laureate, reads poems from her latest book, “Shimmer and Drone.” Hosted by Joan Maiers. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted for the food bank. Abundant and accessible parking available. Arrive before 6 p.m. if ordering beverages or treats.

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• The Portland Ballet presents John Clifford’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25, at Portland State University'sLincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave. at Market Street. Performances at 4 p.m. (discounted preview) and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23; and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov.24/25. Run time: 75 minutes, with intermission. Mendelssohn’s music performed live at every performance by PSU Orchestra and opera singers. Preview tickets $10 youth, $25 general; all other performances $15 youth, $35 general. Tickets and info: theportlandballet.org, 503-452-8448.

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• Monthly dance at the Al Kader Shrine Center: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Al Kader Shrine Center, 25100 S.W. Parkway Ave., Wilsonville. Dance or just listen to the John Bennett Dance Band, featuring John Bennett, piano; Wayne Travillion, cornet/trombone; Jim Buchmann, reeds; David Duthie, bass; Dave Johnson, guitar; and Jack Dawes, drums, with special guest vocalist Marilyn Keller. Admission $10 per person at the door. Net proceeds benefit the Shriners. No-host bar and light dining menu. Cabaret-style seating. Large dance floor, beautiful ballroom, free parking. Info: 503-684-6143.

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• Healing Touch Clinic: 6-7 p.m. And 7-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Portland. For stress reduction and general well-being. Donations accepted. Info and appointments: 503-230-2331.

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• Holiday “treasures and collectibles” sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 27, Willamette View retirement community, main auditorium, 12705 S.E. River Road, Milwaukie. Public welcome.

Find that one-of-a-kind item; 25 tables loaded with bargains priced to sell, including glassware, house wares, silver, linens, jewelry, 78 rpm records, paper products, toys, decorations, artificial Christmas trees and fun “old stuff.” This is not a bazaar. The resale items are donated with proceeds going to the Willamette View Foundation.

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• Portland Revels concert: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, University Club of Portland, 1225 S.W. Sixth Ave., Portland. “Home, Love & Loss: Ballads from the Appalachian Mountains and The British Isles.” Admission $20 adults, $15 seniors and students; group discounts available. Pay at the door or buy advance tickets online at www.portlandrevels.org.

Looking ahead: December

• Nutcracker Tea: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin, 503-691-3069, www.tualatinoregon.gov/library. For ages 4 and older. An abridged, family-friendly adaptation of the “Nutcracker” ballet presented by the NW Dance Theatre.