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Festival will celebrate Latin American culture

Centro Cultural will hold a community celebration on Friday, Sept. 16 , from 4 to 8 p.m.

“El Grito de la Independencia” will celebrate and share the rich heritage of Latin American culture with the broader Washington County community. Food carts will offer a variety of food choices from many Latin American regions and countries. Entertainment by mariachis, charros and ballet folklorico and will happen throughout the event and there will be cultural activities for all ages.

Attendees will also have a chance to provide feedback and ideas on Metro’s planned Chehalem Ridge Nature Park.

Centro Cultural is located at 1110 N. Adair St. in Cornelius.

Guest speaker brings Beatrix Potter to life

North Plains Public Library will welcome Terese Blanding at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 for a program on Beatrix Potter. Blanding will share the story of one of the world’s most beloved writers and illustrators of children’s literature, as well as a display of the many books authored and illustrated by Potter as well as drawings, photos, wallpapers, fabrics, garments, games, porcelain figures and other memorabilia relating to Potter and her characters.

Helen Beatrix Potter, the creator of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and numerous other books, was born in London during the mid-Victorian era and spent the first 29 years of her life in the third-floor nursery behind barred windows.

Eventually escaping the confines of a severely restrictive household, she became one of England’s most successful writers, as well as a naturalist, businesswoman and sheep breeder. She was at the forefront of the land conservation and endangered species movements.

Discover Hillsboro arts on two wheels this Sunday

Tour de Arts is a free community bicycle ride for individuals and families to discover neighborhoods and art located in Hillsboro.

The ride is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St. Riders can choose from a 4.5-mile family-friendly ride or a 16-mile arts tour.

Following the ride, riders can stay for a gathering with local musicians and artists at the new Bag&Baggage venue on Main Street between 3rd and 4th avenues.

Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition is sponsoring the ride with a grant from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council.

“We’re delighted to host this fun community bike ride,” said Ed Ohlmann, one of the event organizers. “It’s a great way for riders to explore Hillsboro and see the beautiful art that’s all around us.”

The event is free, but riders should pre-register at www.washcobtc.org. A donation of $5 is suggested.

STAGES Youth Academy slates October fundraisers

COURTESY PHOTO - 'Tea for Three,' a look into the live sof First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford, is a fundraiser for STAGES Youth Performing Arts Academy.STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy will host two fundraisers in October.

The first, “Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty,” is a behind-the-scenes look into the very public lives of three of America’s First Ladies.

Two shows; Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.

On Saturday, Oct. 8 Portland jazz violinist Aaron Meyer will perform a benefit concert. Meyer’s cutting edge musical style was inspired by his worldwide travels. After performing as an original band member for Pink Martini, he recorded on the album “Sympathique.”

His broad range of music includes everything from a dynamic rendition of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” to his exquisite versions of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Tickets $25.

Both fundraisers take place at HART Theatre, 185 S.E. Washington St. in Hillsboro. Proceeds will benefit STAGES to develop new educational programs and augment the scholarship fund at www.stagesyouth.org.