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Downtown businesses slate evening events on Nov. 1

Next Tuesday night may be the highlight of kids' calendars, but downtown businesses in Forest Grove have big plans for the day after Halloween.

Valley Art Association is taking the lead for the Wednesday, Nov. 1 Late Night Tonight events, with its annual celebration of artists, featuring dancers, musicians, visual artists and poets, starting at 6 p.m. at 2022 Main St. (See story on page 10A.)

Other merchants will be getting the fun started a bit earlier. On 21st Avenue, for example, Montinore Estate will be offering wine tastings at A Framer's Touch and Maggie's Buns will be hosting poetry readings.

Back on Main Street, The Ice Cream Shoppe is trying to line up some live music, while just a few doors north, Theatre in the Grove actors will perform a one-act play in its rehearsal hall.

Those activities start at 4 p.m. Stop by a participating merchant this week for a complete list.

If you want to get a jump on activities, don't forget that Old College Hall and the Pacific University Museum are open for visitors the first Wednesday of each month, from 1-4 p.m. The hall is located near the corner of Pacific Avenue and College Way, in the southwestern corner of the campus.

Finally, if you couldn't make it to last month's Late Night Tonight events, don't fret. Thanks to Jenni Glatz, a loan officer with Residential Mortgage on Main Street, you can now see what you missed. Log on to http://www.realestateshows.com/98394. Glatz said she plans to put up a similar musical slide show of next Wednesday's events.

Lighting up the town

It's too early to put up holiday lights, but it's not too soon to start thinking about them, particularly if you own a Forest Grove business.

Once again, the city's Holiday Display Team will have lights for downtown businesses to check out for holiday window decorating.

Light strands are available in 15- and 23.5-foot lengths. Business owners should measure their windows so they can get the correct sizes.

Checkout Agreement forms will be available at next Wednesday's Late Night Tonight activities in downtown Forest Grove. Look for the lighted tent on Main Street.

If you can't make it, lights also may be checked out from the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce. Call 503-357-3006 for details.

CORRECTION

Last week's article about the grand opening of Tip Top Spa listed the wrong phone number. The correct number is 503-992-1902. The new family day spa is located at 1937 Pacific Ave. in downtown Forest Grove.