This week's calendar
- First Wednesday - Businesses in downtown Forest Grove will stay open late with food and music and receptions for new artwork displays. 5 to 8 p.m. This month's theme is Staycation. The Forest Grove Farmers Market will also be open on Main Street. News-Times production department director Maureen Zeobelein will host a First Wednesday reception for her new art show at 5:30 p.m. at the News-Times office, 2038 Pacific Ave.
- Concert - Portland Community College Rock Creek Chamber Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. in the Forum Theater, Room 114 in Building 3, at 17705 N.W. Springville Road in Hillsboro. Admission and parking free. The Ensemble will perform a large variety of music from classical to jazz, funk to Afro-Cuban. Music selections include D Minor Invention by J.S. Bach, a movement from a Mass by Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina, an Afro-Cuban style arrangement of Sonny Rollins' St. Thomas, a funk version of Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island as well as student arrangements of jazz and pop music.
- North Plains Market - The North Plains Farmers Market is starting up again with food, produce, sweets and musical entertainment. 5 to 8 p.m. Northwest Commercial Street in North Plains.
- Wine & Whiskey - Ken and Kris Bilderback will be at Plum Hill Vineyards, 6505 S.W. Old Highway 47 in Gaston, for a Wine & Whiskey in the Wild West event. 6 to 9 p.m. The Bilderbacks will discuss how alcohol has played a central role in the Tualatin Valley since settlers first arrived in the area in the 1830s. Ticket price includes wine tasting before the talk. Advance tickets are $8 for the general public, $6 for museum members, and $10 at the door.
- Trail Meeting - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency is holding a meeting at the Banks Fire District building, 13430 N.W. Main St. in Banks. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The work session will cover writing bylaws, fundraising, establishing committees, rail banking and more.
- Friday Flick - Head to the Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 N.W. Hillcrest St. in North Plains at 6 p.m. for a free showing of the British stop-motion animated movie, "Shaun the Sheep."
- Steak Feed - The 59th annual Rotary Steak Feed Dinner will be held at Pacific University's University Center. 5 to 8 p.m. $16.
- Church Celebration - The First Baptist Church, 2224 15th Ave. in Forest Grove, invites everyone to a community celebration. Free barbecue, hot dogs, live music, fun and games. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Author Talk - Author Connie Soper will visit the Forest Grove City Library for an informative talk. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. She'll give tips on hiking the Oregon Coast Trail.
- Book Club - Head to the Forest Grove City Library to discuss "Crooked Letter" by Tom Franklin. 7 p.m.
- Holocaust Talk - Author and Holocaust Survivor Alter Wiener will share his life story at the Jessie Mays Community Hall at 7 p.m. Wiener has shared his life story in the states of Oregon and Washington with 850 audiences. Wiener's autobiography, "From a Name to a Number," was
published in 2007. alterwiener.com.
- Strawberry Fest - The 50th annual Gales Creek Strawberry Festival will be held at the Gales Creek Community Church, 9170 N.W. Sargent Road in Gales Creek. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Strawberry shortcake, music, vendor courtyard, food booth, alpacas.
- Banks Fundraiser - There will be a fundraiser for the Banks Public Library Jane Moore Community Room addition.Wine, dinner, music, dancing and auction at David Hill Winery. 6 to 9 p.m. $40 per person. $300 per table of eight. cityofbanks.org.
- Kefir Making - Head to the Forest Grove City Library for a kefir-making class with local farm Nana Cardoon. Kefir is a fermented milk drink. 6:30 p.m.
- Craft Guild Meeting - Head to the North Plains Public Library and join their informal group of knitters and crocheters. 8 to 10 a.m.