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Rain repairs prompt TITG benefit event April 2

Local theater lovers are invited to an evening of looking back on the rich history of Theatre in the Grove while also looking forward to the future ahead on Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at 2028 Pacific


“Gala in the Grove” will feature performances by TITG veteran actors and musicians, including Jeanna Van Dyke, James Grimes, Pruella Centers, Ron Hansen and Jennifer Yamashiro.

The fundraising event is a response to the nonprofit’s battles with rain pouring into its 103-year-old building in 2015.

“We contracted with local roofer CM & Sons to replace the entire roof last summer, and this winter’s record rainfalls have stayed out of the building,” said board chairman (and the evening’s emcee) Jeff Zimmerman. “The fundraiser is to help us repair the interior of the building that has been damaged by years of water seeping in ... destroying sheetrock and ceiling tiles and staining walls.

“A lot of the damage is backstage and in the dressing rooms, and it is very important to us to make improvements to keep our actors and staff comfortable, safe and healthy.”

The evening also includes a silent auction, featuring baskets from New Seasons Market, Cause + Event Portland, The Hidden Closet, Naked Winery, Dusti Arab (Princess Party), Jen Brayko’s Wildtree, Deb Grimes, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, Bag&Baggage Productions and Michelle Bahr (voice lessons).

The reception will start at 7 p.m. followed by entertainment at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include one drink ticket and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available by visiting

theatreinthegrove.org or call-ing the box office at 503-359-