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Unitarian Church offers monthly Taizé contemplative service

The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County offers a monthly contemplative service on the fourth Monday of each month, September through May.

The service runs from 7 to 8 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 22785 N.W. Birch St. in Hillsboro (in Old Orenco). The public is invited to attend and the first service of the fall is Sept. 26.

The service follows the model established by the Taizé Community in Taizé, France, an international, ecumenical, contemplative community advocating for peace and justice since 1940.

This simple style of worship is comprised of music, silence, and readings to encourage thoughtfulness and a peaceful mind. For more information, contact Kristen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'Conversations' welcomes Portland author Molly Hunt

Portland writer Molly Hunt will speak on “Changing the World Through Fiction — Introducing altruism without using soapbox rhetoric,” during Conversations with Writers, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.

The event will be held at Reedville Presbyterian Church in Aloha, 2785 S.W. 209th Ave.

Hunt is the author of the “Crazy Cat Lady” mystery series. The series features an alter-ego retiree and cat shelter volunteer who aids the police in solving mysteries. Her book, “Placid River Runs Deep” is a non-cat mystery delving into murder, obsession and the challenge of chronic illness in the Northwest. A volunteer at an animal rescue shelter and an advocate for animal welfare, Hunt’s novels incorporate those values as part of the plot instead of overt advocacy or editorializing.

Conversations With Writers meets on the last Monday of each month and invites authors to read and speak about their work and writing methods. Audience members are encouraged to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles or the writer's development of his or her art. For more information, visit www.cwwor.weebly.com.

Local artist offers portrait workshop

Hillsboro artist Ed Labadie will collaborate with Hillsboro’s Sequoia Art Gallery to offer a workshop in portrait drawing and painting on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25. The workshop is open to students of all levels. Lessons begin with essential drawing lessons and expand to color painting, while students work from live models.

“I compress complex lessons into a simple, understandable system of measuring and constructing, noting light and shadow, then adding tones or modeling refinements,” Labadie said. “Even in this age of 24/7 instant electronic transfer of imagery, there is still a compelling desire in people to capture the likeness of a person.”

Labadie attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. where he studied portrait drawing, painting and design. $95 for one day, $190 for two days. Register for the workshop directly with Sequoia Art Gallery, 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro, 503 693-0401 or at www.sequoiagallerystudios.org.

Visitation hosts steak fry fundraiser for 'D.C. Kids'

Visitation Catholic School and Parish will hold a steak fry Saturday, Oct. 1 benefiting the 2018 "Washington D.C. Kids."

Every other year since 1994, 7th- and 8th-grade students from Visitation Catholic School travel to Washington, D.C. with chaperones. About 28 students make the trip, according to organizer Jennifer Finegan.

Each student is encouraged to participate in group fundraisers, as well as finding other opportunities to raise money for their trip.

"We really want to the students to learn how to work towards a common goal together with group fundraising. It's great team- building before we leave for Washington, D.C. together," Finegan said.

Tickets for the steak fry are $16 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under if purchased in advance; $18 and $12 at the door. Order tickets online at www.vcsknights.org.

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m., with last tickets sold at 8 p.m.. Dinner include ribeye steak, baked potato, corn, salad, desserts, lemonade and coffee. Soda, beer and wine are available for purchase.

Visitation Parish Center is located at 4317 N.W. Visitation Road, Forest Grove.

A Framers Touch kicks off “3 Charities, 3 Months” fundraiser  

A Framer’s Touch (AFT) is continuing its annual “3 Charities, 3 Months” project this holiday season.

For three months, beginning in October and ending in December, AFT highlights three local non-profits and will donate a portion of all sales to the non-profits.

The 2016 non-profits are Oregon Food Bank, Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter and the Forest Grove City Library.

Each customer will decide which charity to support.

AFT will host a representative from each non-profit on consecutive Wednesday nights to speak to community members.

Each event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at AFT, 1920 21st Ave., in Forest Grove. Local wineries will also be on hand to offer tastings. Guests may attend any combination of talks. RSVP to gallery@aframerstouch.

The schedule is:

Sept. 28 — Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter

Oct. 5 — Oregon Food Bank

Oct. 12 — Forest Grove City Library