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First Wednesday is back in the Grove


Monthly tradition returns in time for the warmer months

First Wednesday is back.

So are the wine tastings, music, sales, crafts and art in downtown Forest Grove from 5 to 8 p.m. Merchants will keep their doors open late, and the streets will blossom with activity every first Wednesday of the month from now through fall.

Sweet Words will kick off the season with authors, films, chocolate and wine.

n In Pacific University’s Milky Way, 2017 21st Ave., Honest Chocolates will provide fresh, locally-made cocoa surprises, and A Blooming Hill Vineyard will bring the wine. Pacific English professors Kathlene Postma, Darlene Pagan and Brent Johnson will share a variety of their published works and expertise. Find out why they’re experts. Former professor Lara Vesta, author of “The Moon Diva’s Guidebook,” and Maryka Biaggio, author of “Parlor Games” (Willamette Writers and Belle Letters award winner), will also read from their works.

n The Dairy Creek Community Food Web is sponsoring a film-and-wine night at the Community Auditorium, 1923 Main St. “Oregon Wines: Grapes of Place,” a film about Willamette Valley wine industry founders, will screen at 7:30 p.m. A free no-host wine tasting starts at 6:30 p.m., where attendants can meet founding families of the local wine industry and sample their life’s work.

n Poets Alan Roth and Sue Parman, and authors MJ Nordgren and Barbara Gibby will read from their works along with columnist Karen Hesse at Periscope Books, 1920 Pacific Ave., which will offer Elk Cove Vineyards wine and dark and milk Belgian chocolates.

n Retired Pacific University professor and writer Michael Steele will share excerpts from his “Notre Dame Football Encyclopedia,” a guide of more than 2,000 players’ careers, at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 2032 Pacific Ave., where there will be chocolate truffles and beverages provided by Gresser Vineyards. Authors Donald Svetson, who wrote “Atkinson,” and Tonya Macalino, who wrote “Faces in the Water” and “Spectre of Intention,” will also read.

n Poets Kaia Sand, Susan Schmidlin and Rita Traut Kabeto will read at the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave.

n Valley Art Gallery, 2022 Main St., will host writer Skip Buhler, who will present the art of Frederic Remington, and Brad Cameron, author of “Odin’s Lights” and “The Serpent’s Ship.” Tualatin Estates will bring the wine to complement homemade chocolate treats.

n EsotericStuff, 1930 Pacific Ave., will host Christine Legler, who will share stories of her adventures to some of the most remote places on Earth. (See story below.)

n The Friendly Vine, 2004 Main St., will welcome Charles McAvoy, who will read from his selected poems.

n Dusti Arab will be at Caffe Montecassino after hours to read from her book, “Rebel Mama: How to Raise Your Kids Without Losing Yourself.”

n Summa Real Estate, 2012 Main St., will feature Cassandra Gunn, author of “The Daddy Doll Dilemma,” and poet Tim Applegate, who wrote “At the End of the Day.” In addition, Summa will feature the work of its artist of the month, Lynne Taylor, who paints with watercolor, liquid acrylics and other watermedia. A reception for Taylor will include wine, hors d’ouervres, and entertainment by Elizabeth Wisler.