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April 2014 calendar

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Tom Swearingen of Tualatin, winner of the National Finals Rodeo 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week Contest, is featured at the April 26 Cowboy Poetry Week event presented by the Beaverton Historical Society. See April 26 listing for details.

Calendar items for May are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. Email listings to editor@boomnw.com.

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“Crimes of the Heart” — Performances through April 13, Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday matinees April 6 and 13. Tickets: 503-635-3901 or www.lakewood-center.org

Paper Art Assemblage — 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, April 1 and 8, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Portland artist Kevin Cascell will conduct a free workshop that shows how to create images using the collage method. Registration required; call or visit the senior center.

Sequoia Gallery + Studios — 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503-693-0401. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. April 1-May 2: “Hip to be Square Show,” non-juried event by regional artists featuring up to 100 works of wall and pedestal art in a 12-inch-square format. Reception 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. www.sequoiagallerystudios.org

Summa Real Estate exhibit — 231 E. Main St., Hillsboro. April 1-30: paintings by Becky Franz. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1; pianist Dennis Morehouse will play.

triangle productions! Presents “Next Fall— through April 6 at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland. Tickets and info: 503-239-5919 or www.tripro.org

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Power of the Pen Series — 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, Courtyard Fountains, 1545 S.E. 223rd Ave., Gresham. Best-selling novelist Phillip Margolin will read from his newest release, “Worthy Brown’s Daughter.” The public is welcome to join residents of Courtyard Fountains for wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by the program at 2 p.m. Reserve a place by calling 503-667-4500 at least two days before the event.

Prime Timers Dining Club — Wednesday, April 2, Heidi's Restaurant, 1230 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham, 503-667-4200. Single adults 50 and older are welcome. Social time at 6 p.m. followed by ordering from a special dinner menu at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is Dutch treat. Info: Call Pat at 503-936-5861 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Website: www.PrimeTimersDiningClub.com

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First Thursday free music series — Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, Student Union at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Bassist Damian Erskine brings his compositions in a trio with drummer Reinhardt Melz and pianist Greg Goebel. The public is welcome to attend. Free parking, no permit required.

Senior Healthy Hikers: Columbia River Renaissance Trail Hike — Thursday, April 3, meet at 8:30 a.m. at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, Gresham. A 4.2-mile hike that starts at the old Historic Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. Round-trip travel: 41 miles. Suggested donation per rider: $5. Difficulty: easy. Elevation gain: about 100 feet. We will stop at a restaurant for lunch at the end of the hike, but bring along water and a snack for the trail. Info: leaders Howard and Judy Berg, 503-665-8008, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wy’east Artisans Guild presents “Beyond Whimsy — Reception at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 3, Sandy Actors Theater, 39181 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy. The guild presents an art show bringing April Fools Day spirit to life. This whimsical theme was inspired by Shakespeare's play “Twelfth Night,” which Sandy Actors Theatre will perform April 4-27. A dress rehearsal will follow the April 3 art reception. For art exhibit info, call Vernon Groff at 503-239-4090 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Gallery 6 PDX — Gallery 6 PDX, 131 N.E. Sixth Ave., Portland, 503-206-7280, 503-297-4262, www.gallery6pdx.com. April 4-27, “Small Sculptures” group show featuring Jason Berlin, Liz Cohn, Bill Dean, Greg Hanson, Randy Moe, Heidi Petersen, Stan Peterson, Theodore Rasmussen, Ken Shores, Judy Vogland. First Friday artist reception 5-8 p.m. April 4. Gallery open Friday-Sunday noon-5 p.m.

History of Oregon Amusement Parks — 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Join videographer/historian Darrell Jabin in a ride down memory lane to Jantzen Beach and other amusement parks. Free.

Life Planning — 1-2 p.m. Friday, April 4, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Ryan Pinkham, counselor from Lincoln Memorial Park, will share info about creating a plan for final arrangements. Free. For more info, call or visit the senior center.

Toys Now and Then — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 4-5-6, Molalla Area Historical Society museum, 620 S. Molalla Ave., Molalla. Admission $6 adults, $1 children. Special group rates of $5 per person of groups of five or more. Info: Call or text Iris at 503-234-3287, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Find us on www.facebook.com/events/1445336835699117/

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Saga Goryu Ikebana Exhibition — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland. “Hana Matsuri, the Flower Festival Celebrating the Birth of Buddha.” Entrance is included with garden admission ($9.50 adults, $7.75 seniors 62+, $7.75 college students with ID), $6.75 youth (6-17). Reservations and info: 503-223-1321. Website: www.japanesegarden.com

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“The Art of the Story: The Museum as Storyteller and Crafting Your Story” — Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. With special guest Will Hornyak; part of the Washington County Consolidated Library Services Art of the Story festival. Free; seating limited, advance reservations suggested. Call 503-645-5353 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Songwriter Circle: Cal Scott and Richard Moore with special guest Beth Wood — 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland. Scott and Moore host their bi-monthly circle. Discount advance tickets $12 each at http://brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door. Info: Contact Matt Miner at 503-484-8196 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Beaverton Historical Society presentation — 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, Elsie Stuhr Center, Manzanita Room, 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd., Beaverton. Alter Wiener, Holocaust survivor, author and speaker, will present “64735: From a Name to a Number — A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography.” Admission free with a $5 suggested donation. Info: 503-430-0106, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., website HistoricBeaverton.org, http://www.facebook.com/fromaname.

Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives — 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, PCC CLIMB Center, 1626 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, 971-722-6634. A free discussion about gender and society hosted by Life by Design NW and sponsored by Oregon Humanities as part of the Conversation Project. Jade Aguilar, assistant professor of sociology, women's and gender studies at Willamette University, facilitates the discussion. Light refreshments served. www.pcc.edu/climb/life

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Art of the Story Festival open house — Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Washington County Museum Archives/Library at PCC Rock Creek Campus on Springville Road. Join our curatorial and archives staff for an open house to familiarize yourself with the resources available as you explore your family history. Free; Advance reservations encouraged. RSVP at 503-645-5353, ext. 108. Info: 503-645-5353 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Play reading: “Catch Me If You Can— 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. Mask & Mirror Community Theatre's monthly reading features this adaptation by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert from a play by Robert Thomas. Free. You may choose to watch and listen or read a role; for the latter, email Play Selection Committee Chair Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Pat at 503-524-2058. Info: www.MaskAndMirror.com or email Gary Romans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Stafford Poetry Night: “War and Peace” — 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City. Free. Oregon's Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, former Poet Laureate Lawson Inada and Andres Berger-Kiss explore themes of war and peace in William Stafford’s writings. “Every War has Two Losers: William Stafford on Peace and War,” a 30-minute film, will be shown to kick off the evening and discussion. Info: Info: 503-657-8269, www.orcity.org/library

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Art of the Story — 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 11, Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Bil Lep presents “Bright Ideas Gone Bad.” Free. Info: 503-644-0043, http://library.cedarmill.org

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Art in the Garden exhibition — April 12 to May 4, “Ray Morimura: Prints for All Seasons,” Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland. Entrance is included with garden admission ($9.50 adults, $7.75 seniors 62+, $7.75 college students with ID), $6.75 youth (6-17). Reservations and info: 503-223-1321. Website: www.japanesegarden.com

Bite of Mt. Hood 2014 — 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 12, The Resort at The Mountain (Cascade Ballroom), 68010 E. Fairway Ave., Welches. Benefit for the Mt. Hood Chamber of Commerce and local community showcases eateries and businesses in the area. Silent and oral auctions, entertainment by Brady Goss. Admission $5, tickets sold in advance at Clackamas County Bank or available at the door. Info: www.thebiteofmthood.com

Innovation in Washington County: High Tech — Ongoing exhibit opening Saturday, April 12, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Enjoy a day of activities and fun celebrating the installation of one of the first permanent exhibits in the Civic Center Exhibit and Education Center gallery. Info: 503-645-5353 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Scrapbook Club — 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Free. Info: 503-644-0043, http://library.cedarmill.org

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North West Fly Fishers — 7 p.m. (doors open at 6), Tuesday, April 15, Sam Cox building at Glenn Otto Community Park, 1106 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Program: “My Favorite Water.” Four members of the group will make presentations about their favorite lake to fish. Regular meetings held the third Tuesday of the month September through June. Each month includes a different presentation to share info that will help make the fishing trips more productive for its members and guests. No fee to attend. For fishing reports, visit http://ffpfishingreports.webs.com/apps/blog/

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Crossroads Lecture: “The Battle of Puebla and the True Story Behind 5 de Mayo — Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Ilene O’Malley presents a talk. Free after museum admission and free to museum members. Standard admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, youths and military. Info: 503-645-5353 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Red Tail Angels with Sig Unander — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Free. Info: 503-644-0043, http://library.cedarmill.org

Senior Healthy Hikers: Coyote Wall/Labyrinth Hike — Wednesday, April 16, meet at 8:30 a.m. at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, Gresham. A 5-mile hike in the Columbia River Gorge east of White Salmon, Wash. Round-trip travel: 120 miles. Suggested donation per rider: $12. Difficulty: strenuous. Elevation gain: approximately 1,200 feet. Bring a lunch. There is a new trailhead here with ample parking and restrooms. You will need hiking boots and long pants. Be prepared for wind and sun. Info: hike leader Bob Criteser, 503-807-1160, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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OHSU Marquam Hill Lecture Series — 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Oregon Health & Science University Auditorium (old library building, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland. Topic: “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body: The Link Between Gum Disease and Diabetes.” All lectures are free, but seating is limited and reservations requested. Info: call 503 494-0768 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Third Thursday Studios presentation — 6:30-8:15 pm. Thursday, April 17, Gresham Historial Society Museum building, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Martha Grover, local author and artist will host an evening of storytelling accompanied by musician Kela Parker. Presented by Gresham Center for the Arts Foundation. Individual tickets $18, available at the door, online at www.gcfta.org or by calling 503-658-5646.

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Blossom Craft Show and Blossom Fest Quilt Show and Sale — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 19-20. Hood River County Fairgrounds, at Wy’east and Summit roads south of Hood River near Odell. Event is part of the 2014 Hood River Valley Blossom Time celebration. Free admission and parking. Info: Call the fair office at 1-541-354-2865, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.hoodriverfair.org.

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Words to Celebrate National Poetry Month — 7 p.m. Sunday, April 20, Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego (on Mary's Woods campus). Award-winning poet and Chinese Garden docent Daniel Skach-Mills reads from his published and new work. Hosted by Joan Maiers. Books available for autographing. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public. Canned goods accepted for the Food Bank. Abundant and accessible parking. www.holynamesheritagecenter.org

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Discussion with Kim Stafford — 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, Atkinson Church, 710 Sixth St., Oregon City. Free. Stafford is the author of “Early Morning: Remembering my Father, William Stafford.” Presented by the Oregon City Public Library as part of the 2014 Oregon Reads statewide reading project. Info: 503-657-8269, www.orcity.org/library

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Men's Caregiver Support Group — 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 (fourth Thursday of every month), Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Building 2, second floor, above Devers Eye Clinic, 1040 N.W. 22nd Ave., Portland. Led by Howard Shapiro, for men who are caring for their wives or other family members through various health conditions,such as cancer, stroke, heart or dementia. Listen and share the challenges of being a male caregiver. Free; 503-413-8791, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Owl Book Group — 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Selection: “A Summons to Memphis” by Peter Taylor. Free. Info: 503-644-0043, http://library.cedarmill.org

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Candidates forum — 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, doors open at noon, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, 503-288-8303. Elders in Action presents candidates and ballot measures for Multnomah County, Metro and the city of Portland. Free. Registration required; call or visit the senior center.

Cowboy Poetry Week event — Presented by the Beaverton Historical Society, Saturday, April 26, Beaverton History Center, 12412 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. Featuring Western entertainer Tom Swearingen and Larry Wilder, champion of Americana music. Admission $2 suggested donation; society members get in free. Info: 503-430-0106, website HistoricBeaverton.org

Voices in Poetry group — 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Free. Info: 503-644-0043, http://library.cedarmill.org

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Monthly dance at the Shrine Center — 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 27, The 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. Guest vocalist Lindsay DiAnn “Pink Lady.” Admission $10 per person at the door. Net proceeds benefit the Shriners. No-host bar and light dining meu. Cabaret-style seating, large dance floor, beautiful ballroom, free parking. Info: 503-684-6143.

Writers Mill writing group — 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. Free. Info: 503-644-0043, http://library.cedarmill.org

“For the Birds” Native Plant Sale — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 S.W. Pacific Highway, Sherwood, 503-625-5944. Cultural advice and plant identification will be available. Cash, checks, or credit cards accepted. At 10 a.m., David Harrelson, historian of the Grand Ronde tribe, will speak about natives’ uses of plants and ethnobotany. At 11 a.m., volunteer naturalist Gary Fawver will lead a nature stroll for all ages. Meet at the kiosk near the living plant wall.

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Senior Healthy Hikers: Lake Sacajawea Walk — Tuesday, April 29, meet at 9:30 a.m. at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, Gresham. A 3.5-mile loop in Longview, Wash. Difficulty level: easy. Elevation gain: none. Round-trip travel: about 103 miles. Suggested donation per rider: $10. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Info: hike leader Ruth Cummings, 503-926-4840, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Film Club — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, Cedar Mill Community Library, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. “Aliyah” (France). Free. Info: 503-644-0043, http://library.cedarmill.org

Spring Book & Media Sale — April 30 to May 3, Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton. Members-only preview sale 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, open sale Thursday-Friday-Saturday, May 1-2-3 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 1, 10-5:30 May 2, 10-2 May 3). Membership ($15) is available at the door. More than 140 boxes of books — vintage, fiction, mysteries, science fiction, history, biography, arts and crafts, travel, children's, cooking and gardening books. Proceeds benefit the Beaverton City Library and the Murray Scholls Branch Library programs. Unable to attend? Visit The Book Corner, 12470 SW Fifth St., Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 503-643-5188, www.bookcornerbeaverton.org