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by: Ammon Riley The cast of Beaverton Civic Theatre’s “Three Murders and It’s Only Monday” flank private eye Harry Monday, played by Paul Roder, as he
ponders the mystery.

ART

ART ON BROADWAY GALLERY - 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. Special first anniversary exhibition and opening reception on Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m. 'Twelve From the Westside, Portland Open Studios 2011 Preview.' The 12 represents artists whose studios are located on the west side of the tour. The reception, which is free and open to the public, is to help launch the POS tour to take place Oct. 8-9 and Oct. 15-16. Tour guides will be available for purchase on the night of the reception. The exhibit will run through Oct. 29.

CELEBRATE THE GIFTS ART FESTIVAL - Hosted by Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard, Oct. 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The indoor, fine arts show and sale will showcase watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, ceramics, jewelry, fabric arts and more. Artists will conduct demonstrations. Saturday evening will feature a Celebratlon Concert by Oregon Chamber Singers under the direction of Sandra Miller at 7 p.m., including music from Broadway shows and choral arrangements of pop tunes. The exhibit areas will open again from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday for an artist reception. Admission to the show, concert and reception is free. Donations and a percentage of art sales benefit local mission projects.

PERSIAN/IRANIAN ART SHOW IN BEAVERT0N CITY HALL - Ending Sept. 30. Ano's Art Academy and the Andisheh Center display Persian/Iranian art near the mayor's office, third floor of City Hall.

MUSIC

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

CLASSICAL CONCERT APPRECIATION COURSE - At Tigard United Methodist Church, 9845 S.W. Walnut Place. Friday evenings, through 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.

FILM

PIANIST LANG LANG IN CONCERT ON BIG SCREEN - At Cedar Hills Crossing 16, 3200 S.W. Hocken Ave. Beaverton. Oct. 22 and 24, 8 p.m. Cinematic concert event marking 200th birthday of Franz Liszt. Info: 818-761-6100.

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'THREE MURDERS AND IT'S ONLY MONDAY!' - Beaverton Civic Theatre at Beaverton City Library auditorium, 12375 S.W. Fifth St. Ending Sunday, Oct. 9: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Comedy/murder spoof of old-style private eye movies. A question-and-answer session with the cast will follow the Oct. 2 performance. Tickets: $15/adults; $12/seniors, students and groups of 10 or more; $5/youth age 10 and younger. Tickets available at the door or by calling 503-754-9866.

DANCE

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/adults, $5/students 8 and older and seniors 65 and older. Official drop-off for local food bank every month, October-May.

DANCEWELL EVENTS - 9665 S.W. Allen Blvd., at Sunshine Court, Beaverton. 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.

BALLROOM CLASSES AND DANCES - At Leedy Grange Hall, Cedar Mill. 'Love to Dance? Want to Learn?' Every second and fourth Friday of month. Series of ballroom classes and dances. Beginners' lessons, 7 p.m., followed by open dancing, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $7/adults; $5/students.

LIBRARY EVENTS

BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY - On Monday, Oct. 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m., The library will offer the program 'Science and Math for Little Kids,' to give a child a jumpstart on science and math with this interactive 'play and learn' session geared toward parents and children ages 1-5 looking to have fun with science and math activities that encourage lifelong learning and exploration. Registration required. Call 503-350-3600. The library will host free, informative computer classes open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays during October, November and December. All classes run from 10 a.m. until noon. No registration required. Call 503-350-5249. 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 or Saturday morning sessions. Oct. 13, Nov. 3 and 17, Dec. 1 and 15. To register your child, call 503-350-3600 or stop by the children's desk at the library.

CEDAR MILL LIBRARY - 'A Highland Fling.' Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. To mark Oregon Days of Culture, the library will present a special Music on the Mezzanine program featuring highland pipes played by Cedar Mill resident and bagpiper Matt Rucker. No registration required. Scrapbook Club, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2-4 p.m. Work on your own project as you socialize and learn from each other. Adults only. Teen Games Fest. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m. Super Smash Bros. Tourney for those in sixth to 12th grades only.

GARDEN HOME COMMUNITY LIBRARY - Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Meet author Andrew Hessel. A reading and Q and A session with the Southwest Portland writer who has written 'The Mirano Trilogy' crime thrillers featuring an FBI profiler. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. Book group for adults. This month the group will discuss Isabel Allende's 'Island Beneath the Sea.' Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Craft Circle for adults. Bring your own or work on a craft provided by the library. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. Film night for adults. This month's screening: 'If I want to Whistle, I whistle,' from Romania.

TIGARD LIBRARY - The library will feature NASA documentary: Friday, Sept. 30. Film will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. On Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m., the library will also show the 1983 film from Tom Wolfe's book 'The Right Stuff.' 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 list of 'Tigard Reads' activities, call 503-718-2517.

OREGON'S BLUE BOOK'S 100TH BIRTHDAY TO BE CELEBRATED - At Tigard library on Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Experience history through this video by Jabin. Free program. Call 503-718-2517.

GIGANTIC USED BOOK SALE - At Tigard library. Oct. 7 and 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Generous donations from individuals and items withdrawn from the library make this a great opportunity to find what you want at really low prices. CDs and DVDs will also be available at bargain prices. Sesame Donuts Café in the lobby will be open.

CLASSES

THE GARDEN CORNER - At 21550 108th Ave., Tualatin. 503-885-1934. October classes, all at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1: Fountain winterizing. Saturday, Oct. 8: Fall foliage. Saturday, Oct. 15: Halloween front porch containers. Saturday, Oct, 22: Tea in the garden. Saturday, Oct. 29: Pumpkin Planter children's activities.

SPECIAL EVENTS

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND PRESENTATION - At the King City Clubhouse, 15245 S.W. 116th Ave., Tigard. Thursday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. The King City/Tigard branch of Oregon Retired Educators Association will host a presentation by Michele Davis who will demonstrate with a 2-year-old dog and speak about the program. The program will begin with a 'bring your own bag lunch.' Coffee and tea will be provided.

BEAVERTON FARMER'S MARKET - Saturdays 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 3-6 p.m. Programs: Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.There will be a booth with hands-on activities for children of all ages, including 'Build-A-Mr. Potato Head.' Farmer's Market vendors and local farms will donate potatoes and other seasonal vegetables for children to create their own Mr. Potato Head. Book signing: 10 a-m.-noon. Author Ashley Gartland will sign copies of her new cookbook, 'Dishing up Oregon.' Cookbook drawings will take place all day. Info: beavertonfarmersmarket.com.

TOUCHING 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. Workshop fee of $79 includes lunch and materials. Register by mail (to Transitions Enhanced, P.O. Box 746, Sherwood 97140) or online (thetaoofchange.com). Call 971-217-3755 or 503-701-1416.

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

PCC TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY - At Pioneer Courthouse Square. Friday, Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Portland.Community College will start its anniversary festivities with this daytime event. The program will feature entertainment and music, interactive exhibits from PCC programs and refreshments from local businesses. Info: opportunity.pcc.edu.

TIGARD AREA BRANCH AAUW - In King City Crown Room at 16880 S.W. 126th Ave. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. At this meeting, the Tigard area branch of the American Association of University Women will feature the story of Claire Phillips, who used her talent and skill to fight for freedom during World War II. The presenter, Sig Unander Jr., will talk about her and the adventure she lived. Unander, a local historian and filmmaker, is making a documentary film about her remarkable life. Call 503-620-2061.

THE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY - Regular meeting is Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., at Washington County Public Services Building, 155 N. First Ave., Room 140. Barbara Clark Hovorka, family history research teacher at Portland Community College and speaker at family history conferences, will discuss 'Things I Wish I Knew When I Started' and '15 Things to Do in 15 Minutes.' Open to the public. Call 503-640-4431.