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ART

ODGEPODGE GALLERY - Railroad Avenue in Old Town Sherwood. Visit the gallery of fine arts, vintage and local vendors. Hours: Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. On second Saturday of each month the gallery showcases new showings. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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 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). Preregistration strongly suggested. Visit 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, admission is free 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 swing tunes serve as a tribute to Japanese-Americans interned during World War II and highlight the music that was popular in 1940s America. Free, beverages available for purchase.

COMMUNITY CELTIC CONCERT - At Winona Grange No. 271, 8340 S.W. Seneca St., Tualatin. Second Saturday community concert, Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. (Doors open 6:45 p.m.) Leo MacNamara with Aurora Burd. Tickets are $10 and available at brownpapertickets.com (event 191249) or $13 at the door (six for $65).

THEATER

'CRIMES OF THE HEART' - At the Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Opening night Friday (Sept. 23). Preview: 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.)

FILM

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 by Angelina Jolie and Pierce Brosnan.Ticket pricing available at FathomEvent.com.

DANCE

DANCEWELL SEPTEMBER EVENTS - 9665 S.W. Allen Blvd., at Sunshine Court, Beaverton. The Dancewell Ballroom Program hosts Tuesday, Sept. 27, dance from 8 to 10 p.m. It includes 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.

FIRST FRIDAY IRISH MUSIC AND DANCE - At Winona Grange, 8340 S.W. Seneca St., Tualatin. October's musicians are Seamus Egan Beglan and Danny O'Hanlon, with Sam Keaton calling. Cost: $10/all ages 8 and older; $5/students and seniors 65 and older. Official drop-off for local food bank epeats every month, October-May.

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 - Through 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.

CEDAR MILL LIBRARY -. 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. 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 NASA documentaries: Fridays, Sept. 23 and 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. 'Tigard Reads,' the library's fourth annual communitywide reading program, 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. Learn the basic principles of Tai Chi and the first third movements of Long Form Yang Family style. 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. Designed for people who have already studied at least the first third of Long Form Yang Family Style Tai Chi and want to progress. Registration/class info: ci.tualatin.or.us, or 503-691-3069.

West side Better Bones and Balance. Specifically designed to increase bone mass, improve posture and balance and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

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 and older 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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

BEAVERTON AREA GIRL SCOUTS PLAN OPEN HOUSE - At Valley Catholic High School, in the gym, 4275, S.W. 148th Ave., Sunday, Sept. 25, noon to 3 p.m. Girls in grades K-12 who are interested in Girl Scouts are invited to an open house to meet current Beaverton area Girl Scouts, try out Girl Scout activities and learn more about the Girl Scout program. The event will include activities for girls and information sessions for parents and guardians. Activities will be run by Beaverton area Girl Scout troops. This event is free and no registration is required. For more information on this Girl Scouts open house, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-451-3697.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR LOCAL THYROID CANCER SURVIVOR - At Beaverton's Performing Arts Center at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy. Sept. 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m., fundraising concert. Three extraordinary artists, Broadway singer Shoshana Bean, guitarist Todd Haaby and local jazz favorite Tom Grant will headline 'Marilyn's Voice,' a benefit concert for Marilyn Kirvin, a local single mother of two, as she battles thyroid cancer, and to raise awareness of the disease during Worldwide Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Ticket prices start at $35 and can be purchased online: marilynsvoice.friendsofmarilyn.org. Call Dave Kirvin, 702-525-3106; Becky Johnson, 503-260-1180.

T0UCHING YOUR SOUL - SOULCOLLAGES AND HAIKU - In Forrest Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. On Oct. 1 an inspiring workshop will be held offering creativity and fellowship. Limited to 20 participants, it is appropriate for anyone older than 13 years of age. Workshop fee of $79 includes lunch and materials. Register by mail (to Transitions Enhanced, P.O. Box 746, Sherwood, OR 97140) or online (thetaoofchange.com). Call 971-217-3755 or 503-701-1416.

BIENNIAL QUILT SHOW - At Health and Education Center, Tuality Hospital, Oct. 8 and 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 'West Along the Tualatin' is the theme for Westside Quilters Guild 2011 Biennial Quilt Show. Featured quilters are fiber artists Terry Grant, who will speak at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and Mary Goodson, who will speak at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Westside Quilters Guild, a nonprofit organization and a member of The Oregon Cultural Trust, made and distributed more than 100 quilts to charities last year. Check out the guild at one of its monthly meetings (third Monday of the month) at 6:45 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2038 N.W. Aloclek Drive, No. 202, in Hillsboro (westsidequilters.com).

FALL NATIVE PLANT SALE - In Tualatin Hills Nature Park. Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit cleanwaterservices.org.

TIGARD AREA BRANCH AAUW - In King City Crown Room at 16880 S.W. 126th Ave. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.

BHARATH BELLAMKONDA LIFE STORY - The condensed life story of Bharath Bellamkonda of Beaverton is one of 150-word life stories being considered for publication in an issue of Reader's Digest.

WRIPCity BEAVERTON TOASTMASTERS CLUB - At the Beaverton library. The club holds meetings every Monday, beginning at 6:45 p.m., when skills to improve communication and leadership are taught. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .