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Two decades of coffee

A 20-year anniversary is always something to celebrate, but for BJ's Coffee, the years have seen a lot of change.

Starting as a local specialty coffee roaster in Forest Grove during the early days of the craft coffee boom, BJ's has been a stalwart of western Washington County, serving thousands of cups of joe to regulars and those passing through town hunting down a good brew.

Becky Jo Saxe, who founded the shop 20 years ago with her ex-husband Ken Palmer, is now watching her son, Nathan Palmer develop his skills as a coffee connoisseur.

Palmer is now roasting the shop's coffee in small batches on a roaster located in the coffee storefront using techniques common to craft roasters in Portland on the cutting edge of the craft.

That new twist on the shop's traditions will be on display this weekend when Saxe and Palmer open up the shop for extended hours and drink specials.

Palmer plans to offer pour-over coffee and special tastings. There will also be live music, food and roasting demonstrations throughout the day. Stop in for specially priced coffee by the pound, $2 lattes and mochas and free cups of house brewed coffee. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. BJ's Coffee, 834 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove.

Tasting room to open on Main Street

Vinophiles in western Washington County will soon have another place to sample the best of our local vineyards.

Kathy Compton, owner of 1910 Main -- An American Bistro, is opening The Tasting Room at 1910 Main, adjacent to the restaurant. Compton, a veteran restaurateur, told the News-Times that she will be showcasing wines from several local vineyards that don't have their own tasting rooms and pairing them with food from her restaurant.

Opening day is Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Normal hours will be Mon.-Thurs, 11-5; Fridays, 11-8; Sat-Sun., 11-6.

For more information, call 503-430-7014 or visit www.1910main.com.

Gaston lodge sending care packages to troops

Tables at the Gaston Lodge of the Knights of Pythias already are overflowing with care packages for American troops in Afghanistan, and “the Oregon Pythians are just getting started,” says Ken Bilderback of Gaston.

Beef jerky, hand sanitizer, coffee, books, batteries and more fill 17 large boxes at the historic lodge, donated by Pythian lodges throughout the state under the direction of Gaston’s Ed Yates, Grand Chancellor of the Oregon Knights of Pythias.

The philanthropic effort is coordinated through SupportOurTroops.org, and donations of money can be sent to Knights of Pythias Gaston Lodge, P.O. Box 507, Gaston, Ore., 97119 (please designate donation to Support Our Troops). Donations of factory-sealed snack foods and personal care items also are welcome, but homemade items cannot be accepted.

For details, contact Bilderback at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-701-0414.

Hispanic aviators honored in film

Learn about a largely unkown chapter in U.S. history when a free screening of “The Forgotten Eagles,” is held in to Hillsboro on Tuesday evening. Cornelius historian and journalist Sig Unander will be on hand to explain how this elite unit of Hispanic volunteer aviators and support personnel helped American forces drive the Japanese from the Philippines during World War II. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro.

Orchestra performance at Linfield

The Linfield Chamber Orchestra will present the first concert of its 2012-13 Season on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The matinee concert will feature baritone Anton Belov, who will perform with the chamber orchestra under the direction of music director Michael Gesme in specially selected works by Jacques Ibert, George Frideric Handel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Joan Paddock will also be featured on trumpet. The orchestra will perform music by Maurice Ravel and Manuel de Falla.

Tickets will be offered at the special price of $10, available at the door.

City council swearing in

Forest Grove City Council members elected to office Nov. 6 will be sworn in Monday, Nov. 26 in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium. Incumbents Elena Uhing and Victoria Lowe will return to the dais, as will former Forest Grove Mayor Richard Kidd, who will fill the vacancy on city council left by outgoing city councilor Tom BeLusko Jr.

The swearing in ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., in Forest Grove.