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Theater slates auditions for ‘Next to Normal’

Theatre in the Grove will hold auditions Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 12 by appointment for its upcoming play, “Next to Normal.”

There are six roles available: three middle-aged adults and three older teens. The play contains adult language. Those auditioning are asked to prepare 32 bars of a contemporary musical theater or a pop/rock song, and bring a resume and a current photo.

“Next to Normal” runs Jan. 13 to 29, 2017.

To schedule an appointment online, visit: www.next2normalauditions.acuityscheduling.com

Library patrons can now get Lynda.com for free

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) has added a new online resource for cardholders.

At www.Lynda.com, WCCLS library cardholders can access over 4,000 free skill-building courses in business, creative arts and technology.

“Libraries have always supported education by providing access to materials for formal and informal learning. Adding free access to Lynda.com allows WCCLS patrons the ability to expand their skills at their own pace,” says Eva Calcagno, Director of WCCLS.

Lynda.com offers a wide range of courses in technology. Users can learn to create and edit audio, music, images and video. Individuals working in business can develop their skills in project management, marketing, data analysis or using popular business software. The Lynda.com resource offers many possibilities for learning and development with their 11 learning paths, which suggest relevant courses to get you on the career path you want.

WCCLS began offering Lynda.com with a soft launch in July.

“We knew Lynda.com would be a popular resource,” says Lisa Tattersall, Program Supervisor for Collections and Adult Services, “but we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how rapidly Lynda.com has been adopted this summer. We’re getting some great feedback and excitement from WCCLS users via social media and in our member libraries.”

Hillsboro Arts Council sets 2016-17 workshop series

The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council (HACC) has set its 2016-17 workshop series for artists and arts organizations.

The professional development series provides workshops on relevant topics such as grant writing, marketing, fundraising and board development, for nonprofits.

The series will kick off Oct. 19 with Nonprofit Technology Network Education Director Ash Shepard teaching Social Media 101, the first of a two-part marketing-focused workshops.

At the second session, Nov. 16, Shepard will guide attendees on developing a strategy for digital communications and give them tools, tips and resources to put that strategy into action.

Each session is $25 and can be taken independently, or as a series.

Beginning in January 2017, HACC will provide preparation for the grant season by offering three workshops to strengthen grant applications: a grants panel led by four top grant funders in the area, grant writing and strategic planning.

In spring 2017, Tiffany Meyer of Numa Marketing outlines how to clarify and broadcast your brand as an arts organization.

The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council has provided annual workshops, panel discussions and leadership forums for local individuals and organizations since 2007. To view details of the workshops, or to register for a session, visit www.hillsboroarts.org.

All workshops will take place at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St. in Hillsboro.

Get your creativity going for ‘Honoring Our Rivers’

Willamette Partnership, a Portland-based conservation nonprofit, is now accepting submissions for the the 2017 edition of “Honoring Our Rivers: A Student Anthology.”

The anthology publishes art, photography, poetry, prose and foreign language translations by students (kindergarten through college) across the Pacific Northwest, as well as a selection of works by well-known authors and artists.

Entries should reflect the student’s connection to rivers or watersheds of the Pacific Northwest. In honor of the Port of Portland’s 125th anniversary, the 2017 edition will also feature entries related to a “working rivers” theme — from river-connected towns, traditions and economies to iconic bridges and the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Published students’ teachers and their schools will be recognized in the printed and online anthology.

Details on submitting work for the anthology is at www.honoringourrivers.org/submit. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.