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Listings of arts, entertainment and leisure activities in the Tigard and Beaverton areas
by: Submitted photo The Minidoka Swing Band will play a tribute to Japanese-Americans interned during World War II in a performance Sept. 24 at the Washington County Museum, on the PCC Rock Creek Campus.

art

CELEBRATE THE GIFTS ART FESTIVAL - Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard. Two-day fine arts show, Oct. 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This indoor show features watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, ceramics, jewelry, fabric arts and more: the original creations of more than 60 Oregon artists. No admission charge. Donations and a percent of art sales will benefit local mission projects. For the celebration concert in this event, see music. 503-639-3273.

ART ON BROADWAY GALLERY - 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. Through Oct. 2: 'The Finely Drawn Image,' the gallery's latest installation of representational imagery with new works by member artists Steve Kekule and Paul Mathenia.

PERSIAN/IRANIAN ART SHOW IN BEAVERT0N CITY HALL - Until end of September. Ano's Art Academy and the Andisheh Center display Persian/Iranian art on the mayor's floor, third floor of City Hall.

music

CLASSICAL CONCERT APPRECIATION COURSE - At Tigard United Methodist Church, 9845 S.W. Walnut Place. Friday evenings, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, 7-8 p.m. This Classical Concert Appreciation Course for adults and teens is to provide music education to those wanting to be more knowledgeable about the classical genre. Tigard resident Denise Westby, musician and Linfield College educator, presents the course of six weeks, culminating in Oregon Symphony concert attendance. Cost is $90 for the course, plus cost of a discounted Oregon Symphony concert ticket; $72 for teens and seniors, plus cost of discounted concert ticket. Preregistration is strongly suggested. Visit website flutealliance.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-764-8027.

MINIDOKA SWING BAND FEATURED AT MUSEUM DAY - At Washington County Museum, PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17677 N.W. Springville Road. Saturday, Sept. 24. In celebration of National Museum Day, organized by Smithsonian magazine, the museum is a participating museum with free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, a sack or picnic lunch and take in the toe-tapping music of the Minidoka Swing band from noon to 2:30, view the current exhibit, see a Japanese woodblock printing demonstration by Print Arts Northwest artist Barbara Mason and enjoy the grounds. The locally based swing tunes serve as a tribute to Japanese-Americans interned during World War II and highlight the music that was popular in 1940s America and in the internment camps. Free event; beverages available for purchase.

CELEBRATE THE GIFTS ART FESTIVAL: POPS/BROADWAY CONCERT - Hosted by Calvin Presbyterian Church. Oct. 1, 7 p.m. A celebration concert performed by the Oregon Chamber Singers under the direction of Sandy Miller. The program includes music from Broadway shows and choral arrangements of pop tunes. The concert is part of Celebrate the Gifts Art Festival weekend. An artist reception will follow the concert from 8-9 p.m. Free, donations to benefit local charities. 503-639-3273.

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'BLITHE SPIRIT' - At the Hart Theater, 185 S.E. Washington, Hillsboro. Friday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m. The theater's first production of the 2011-12 season: Noel Coward's classic comedy. Tickets: $14/adults; $12/seniors; $10/students; $2 off each ticket for groups of 10 or more. Reservations: 503-693-7815. Tickets may also be purchased at the Hart Theater website.

'CRIMES OF THE HEART' - At the Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Opening night Friday, Sept. 23. (Previews Wednesday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 22.) Runs through Sunday, Oct. 9. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Bag and Baggage opens its 2011-12 season with Beth Henley's Pulitzer prize-winning black comedy, set in Hazlehurst, Miss., in the late 1970s.Tickets: $25/adults; $19/seniors and students; $12/previews. Tickets: bagnbaggage.org. Box office: 503-345-9590 (Monday-Friday, between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.)

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JANE GOODALL LIVE EXCLUSIVE IN-THEATER EVENT - In Cedar Hills Crossing 16, 3200 S.W. Hocken Ave., Beaverton. One-night event on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Iconic pioneer, Jane Goodall, in theaters nationwide via satellite. The national debut of 'Jane's Journey' will take the audience on an incredible journey through the memories of her life during this special event. Special appearances are also by Angelina Jolie and Pierce Brosnan.Ticket pricing is available at FathomEvent.com.

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VALLEY SQUARE DANCE CLASSES - At the Aloha Grange, Southwest 185th. Last enrollment date for the eight-week session of classes is Sunday, Sept. 18. Basic steps are 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Mainstream steps are 8:45 to 9:45 pm. Plus steps are 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. One class is free; thereafter class fees are $5/adult, $2/youth, $3/college-young adult. Refreshments provided for Valley Square members. Info: 503-642-2578 or 503-648-8141; valleysquares.com.

DANCEWELL SEPTEMBER EVENTS - 9665 S.W. Allen Blvd., at Sunshine Court, Beaverton. The Dancewell Ballroom Program hosts dances in Beaverton in September, including those on Tuesdays, Sept. 20 and 27. Tuesday weekly dances run from 8 to 10 p.m. and include a full variety of CD music: ballroom, swing, Latin and nightclub mix, plus a half-hour mixer lesson. Cost: $6 for singles and $6 for couples (two for the price of one), which includes light refreshments. Ballroom and partner dance lessons are held Sundays through Saturdays at various times each day of the week. Visit dancewellballroom.com or call 503-241-0460, Ext. 0.

HULA AND TAHITIAN DANCE LESSONS - Classes at Bally Total Fitness, 17800 S.W. Kinnaman Road, Aloha. Seven different classes weekly include beginning, intermediate and advanced hula for children and adults and Tahitian dance. Beginning hula for children is Sundays 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.; beginning hula for adults is Thursdays 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Tahitian for children and adults is Sundays 4 to 4:30 p.m. Info: hulaaloha.org or 971-227-8354.

THE WINDS OF DONEGAL - At Winona Grange, No. 271, 8340 S.W. Seneca St., Tualatin. Celebrating five years in Washington County, traditional Irish dance class. Every Thursday evening, 7-9 p.m. Sam Keator teaches and calls the traditional dances. A drop-in class. Cost: $5 per week for those age 13 and older. 503-691-2078.

SQUARE DANCE/ROUND DANCE LESSONS - Kinton Grange, 19015 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road. Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m. Call 503-640-2923; 503-647-0081.

library events

BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY - Sept. 15-Nov. 17. Elementary school-age children are welcome to 'Read To The Dogs.' The dogs are trained therapy dogs that love listening to children read. Thursday evening and Saturday morning sessions (one session per child) available. To register your child: call 503-350-3600, or stop by the children's desk at the library.

BETHANY LIBRARY - Thursday, Sept. 22, 9-10 a.m. Drop by the library for help with computer skills, Internet research, email and word processing. Adults only. No registration required.

CEDAR MILL LIBRARY -Drivers Safety, two-part class, Fridays, Sept 16 and 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn to avoid collisions and injuries and save on insurance premiums. Fee: $14. To register: leave a message at 503-734-0282 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Writer's Mill Sunday, Sept. 18, 1-3 p.m. Join this ongoing group for a hands-on inspiring gathering of people who love to write.

Voices in Verse Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. Open Mike Poetry. Share your own poetry or listen to others read their favorites.

GARDEN HOME COMMUNITY LIBRARY - Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Meet Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. Screening of 'If I Want to Whistle, I whistle.' (Part of the Film Movement catalog.) With subtitles. Running time: 93 minutes.

TIGARD LIBRARY - The library will feature a series of NASA documentaries, starting Friday, Sept. 16, continuing on Friday, Sept. 23, and concluding on Friday, Sept. 30. Films will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. The library will also be showing the 1983 film from Tom Wolfe's book 'The Right Stuff' on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. For more info: call 503-718-2517. On Saturday, Sept. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. Jim Todd of OMSI will present a program on the 'real' Right Stuff in conjunction with 'Tigard Reads,' the library's fourth annual communitywide reading program. 'Tigard Reads' offers several free space-themed programs for all ages through Wednesday, Oct. 5. For a complete listing of 'Tigard Reads' activities, call 503-718-2517.

TUALATIN LIBRARY - Fall term classes. Tai Chi - beginning level (offered through PCC). Wednesdays, Oct. 5-Dec. 14, 1:45-2:45 p.m. Age 62+ qualify for 50 percent discount. Registration/class info: pcc.edu/nc, or 971-722-8888.

Tai Chi continuing level (offered through Tualatin library). Wednesday, Oct. 5-Dec. 14, 3-4 p.m. Registration/class info: ci.tualatin.or.us, or 503-691-3069.

Lake Oswego Academy of Dance (offered through PCC).Two classes: 1-2 p.m.; 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 27-Dec. 6. Tuition: $129, fee: $10. Age 62+ qualify for 50 percent discount. Registration/class info: pcc/edu/nc, or 971-722-8888.

Providence Fitness Center (offered through Providence Health and Services). 4:15-5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Sept. 20-Nov. 29. Age 65+ qualify for 10 percent discount. Tuition: $30, fee: $10. Registration/class info: 503-691-3069.

classes

VEGAN COOKING CLASS - At Beaverton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14645 S.W. Davis Road. Monday, Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m. Vegan cooking class featuring garden vegetables and sweet treats. Samples available after demonstrations. $5 donation. Questions or info: 503-646-9828.

HUGHES WATER GARDENS - 25289 S.W. Stafford Road, Tualatin. 503-638-9035. Free classes. Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. Planting around your pond with fall and winter interest plants. Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. Building ponds and waterfalls. Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. Winterizing your pond.

THE GARDEN CORNER - 21550 S.W. 108th Ave., Tualatin. 503-885-1934. Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m., Fall Veggies. Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m., Summer Harvest in a Jar.