Photo club launches

A new photography club is starting up at the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center. It was organized by Don Mulligan, who says the club’s only rule is to have fun. The center will provide access to computers so people can learn how to upload photos from digital cameras. Membership is free and open to anybody. Meetings will be held the first Wednesday of each month at the senior center, 2037 Douglas St. For information, call 503-848-0251.

Roots of Rock & Roll remembered

“SNAX,” a band from Hillsboro, will perform rock and roll music from the 1950s, '60s and '70s at the Forest Grove City Library Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. The sing-along is free and open to the public. The library is located at 2114 Pacific Ave. For information, call 503-992-3247

HART auditions for next play

Actors are invited to audition for parts in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” the next production by the Hillsboro Artists’ Repertory Theatre, set to run Feb. 15 through March 2, 2014. Written by Steve Martin, the story focuses on a meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso.

Auditions will be held Monday, Dec. 2 and Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the theater, 185 S.E. Washington Str. Auditions on Tuesday, Dec. 3, will be held at The Pythian Building, 147 S.E. Second, in Hillsboro. Auditions begin at 6:30 p.m. and will consist of improvisational and cold readings. For information, call 503-693-7815.

Free concerts benefit program for homeless youth

ISing Choir presents “Blue Plate Special,” a benefit for HomePlate Youth Services, at three performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

Directed by Stephen Galvan, the 80-member choir offers a full-meal-deal of choral selections, including songs by Seattle composer John Muehleisen. The program features Marilyn Keller, who sings with the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band. A pre-concert lecture will be offered 30 minutes prior to the event at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 S.W. Watson Ave., Beaverton.

Money collected at the concert will be go to HomePlate, a nonprofit serving young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability in Washington County. For information, visit

Museum party recreates Gatsby era

Inspired by the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition and the growing craft distillery industry in the county, the Washington County Museum will recreate a jazz age speakeasy for an adults only (21 and older) evening of music, comedy and dance, Thursday, Dec. 5. Swingtime PDX will entertain. Appetizers and adult beverages from some of the county’s new distilleries will be offered. Guests are encouraged to come in period costume to compete for prizes. Advance tickets are $20, available at the museum or at 503-645-5353 during museum hours. The museum is located at 120 East Main St., Hillsboro.

Light show art comes to Hillsboro

The circular stairway of the Civic Center Plaza at 150 East Main St. in Hillsboro will be transformed into a unique canvas for art in the coming weeks. Using project mapping software, the staircase will become the surface for an animated light projection dancing in time to music. The “Symphony of Light” display takes place Saturday, Nov. 30, from 5:35 to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The display was created by artist and game designer Patrick Coan of Portland.

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