Philharmonic looks for musicians

The Pacific University Philharmonic is recruiting members. Their first tenth-season rehearsal is Wednesday, Aug. 27. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. Community members can participate for free. There is a particular need for those who play the violin, viola, double bass, oboe and English horn, bassoon and French horn. String players are also welcome to participate in chamber ensembles for free. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

‘Annie Jr.’ performers sought

Registrations are now open for Northwest Youth Theatre’s production of “Annie Jr.” Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie,” the production features several musical theater hits, including “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life” and “Maybe.”

Northwest Youth Theatre productions are open to all first- through eighth-grade students, regardless of prior acting, singing or dance experience. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays at R.A. Brown Middle School in Hillsboro. First- through third-graders rehearse from 5 to 6 p.m. and fourth- through eighth-graders rehearse from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All enrolled students will be cast. Register at For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-941-0228.

Plein Air Plus coming to Hillsboro

Registration is now open for Hillsboro Plein Air Plus, the annual outdoor art competition hosted by the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council. The competition takes place Sept. 12 and 13 and this year’s event seeks to expand the perspective of artwork with a broader range of media and styles.

There will be an artists’ luncheon and demo sponsored by Gamblin Artists Colors; two figurative “tableaux vivant” opportunities; public art demonstrations at the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market; reception with music, refreshments and people’s choice voting; gallery exhibit of the works created during Plein Air Plus; and cash prizes.

There will also be a scholarship opportunity for a limited number of participants. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Applications are due Sept. 2.

To register for Hillsboro Plein Air, call 503-615-3485. There is a $40 registration fee for artists who pre-register. Day of registration is $45.

Concert series tickets available

The Walters Cultural Arts Center 2014-15 concert series tickets go on sale this Friday, Aug. 8. George Winston and his signature piano style are part of the concert schedule, which will be announced in its entirety Friday. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 503-615-3485.

RACC grant cycle now open

Every summer, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites schools, nonprofit organizations and individual artists to submit proposals for project grants. These grants support a wide range of artistic activities in the Portland metropolitan area, including performances and exhibits, community-based cultural events, and arts education experiences. 

About $750,000 is available for activities that are planned for January through December 2015. Guidelines and “Intent to Apply” forms are now available at

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