Get a tax credit with a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust

by: FILE PHOTO - Support the vision of a living-history museum featuring re-enactments of pioneer life at the 1856 A.T. Smith house by donating to the Friends of Historic Forest Grove.Give the gift of art this year with a donation to a local organization of your choice that keeps Washington County bustling with culture and opportunities for young people and adults alike.

And while that donation will be tax-deductible, lowering your overall income (and possibly tax bracket), if you match it with a donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust, the matching donation will be treated as a tax credit, meaning you will get the money back, dollar for dollar.

There are lots of worthy arts groups to choose from all over the county. Here are few local places that would keep donations extra local:

n Forest Grove Library Foundation, 503-359-3247. Friends of the Forest Grove Public Library, 503-992-3247. Both are at 2114 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove. Support the library and all its programs and services from summer reading clubs to cultural events each month.

n Friends of Historic Forest Grove, P.O. BOX 123 in Forest Grove. 503-313-9785. Run entirely by volunteers, the FHFG prepares educational programs about the city for schools and public presentations, give tours and raises money for local preservation. by: FILE PHOTO - The Forest Grove Library Foundation is raising money to pay for a public art piece featuring a colored-glass design by nationally-renowned artist Ed Carpenter, whose sculptures adorn structures across the country, including this bridge in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

n Pacific University, College of Arts & Sciences and specific departments such as music, drama, media arts and band. 2043 College Way. 503-352-6151. The private university is always looking for donations to help support its students and programs.

n Theatre in the Grove, P.O. Box 263 in Forest Grove. 503-703-6819. This community theater brings several productions to town each year, casting local kids and adults as well as out-of-towners. They also host kids theater camps.

n Valley Art Association, P.O. Box 333 in Forest Grove. 503-357-3703. This non-profit gallery features the work of hundreds of northwest artists, puts on community events and offers classes.

n Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, P.O. Box 1086 in Forest Grove. 503-359-7474. The Tillamook Forest Center provides free educational programs throughout the year about the area and the Tillamook Forest through talks, tours, craft classes and more.

n Gaston Community Library Association, P.O. Box 129 in Gaston. 503-985-3464. The library is not part of Washington County Cooperative Library Services so it runs primarily on support from donations and volunteers.

n Friends of Banks Community Library, 111 Market St. in Banks. 503-324-1382. The library is currently working on expanding. Support the library and its programs, such as monthly craft and knitting nights.

by: FILE PHOTO - Theatre in the Grove offers high-quality community theater by talented volunteer actors. Donations will help the theater continue to enteratin western Washington County with productions such as last years acclaimed Chicago.n Friends of Cornelius Library, P.O. Box 145 in Cornelius. Support the library and all its programs and services. The Friends' primary mission is to support literacy and this year they especially need help with their summer reading program, which has grown dramatically in the last few years, according to Karen Hill, Cornelius library director. Last year, they gave free books to more than 1,000 participants. Donations also help support weekly story times in Spanish and English that are specially designed to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten.

n Centro Cultural of Washington County, P.O. Box 708 in Cornelius. 503-359-0446. This organization promotes education and economic development, aims to increase cultural consciousness, responds to community needs and encourages understanding between the community’s diverse groups.

n Bag&Baggage Productions, P.O. Box 3176 in Hillsboro. 503-516-4840. The theater company puts on several productions every year in Hillsboro and offers a few free community shows throughout the county. Anne Mueller of Bag&Baggage said donations help make it possible for the company to continue giving free tickets to Washington County high school students, who otherwise might not be able to attend.

n Friends of Hillsboro Artists Regional Theatre Inc., P.O. Box 552 in Hillsboro. 503-693-7815. HART theater company puts on several productions every year.

n Friends of Hillsboro Public Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway. 503-615-6500. Support the library and its programs, from special events and classes to everyday access to information.

n Oregon Chorale, P.O. Box 1182 in Hillsboro. 503-939-8441. A 50-voice symphonic choir performs choral music from around the world in the Portland metro area.

n Hillsboro Community Youth Choir, 22115 N.W. Imbrie Drive in Hillsboro. 503-645-9505. The choir provides local youth with high-quality instruction and the opportunity to perform.

n Helvetia Community Association, 13260 N.W. Bishop Road in Hillsboro. 503-647-5334. The group helps promote enjoyment of the area and hosts events such as the Helvetia Culture Fest.

n Hillsboro Community Foundation, P.O. Box 808 in Hillsboro. 503-709-8426. The group supports schools, parks and many other organzations.

n Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 1334 in Hillsboro. The local orchestra is made up of talented musicians who bring music to Washington County.

n Hillsboro Visual Art Association, P.O. Box 3344 in Hillsboro. Sequoia Gallery and Studio hosts art shows for local exhibitors, classes and events to promote the arts.

n Laurel Valley School of Dance /Art, 29308 S.W. McNay Road in Hillsboro. 503-628-2457. The organization provides instruction and classes for youth in dance and arts.

n Stages Performing Arts Youth Academy, 2211 Imbrie Drive in Hillsboro, provides theater opportunities for children.

n Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 N.W. Groveland Drive in Hillsboro. 5003-647-2418. The museum offers premier rock and mineral exhibits. For more than 50 years, its collection and reference materials have been used for study. Currently, museum staff said they could use grant money to fund a new display--the skull of a brontothere, an extinct distant cousin of the rhino. They are also working on their educational outreach program and want to buy more supplies for children.

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