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Community calendar, Sept. 28 to Oct. 8, 2016

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OPEN STUDIOS * Washington County Open Studios Tour is coming Oct. 15 and 16. More at www.washcoarts.org.

OPEN HOUSE * Visit the news location of the OSU Extension Service Washington County Education Center at an open house Thursday, Oct. 20. Stop in between 3 and 6 p.m. for food tastings and to see what the center has to offer. The new location is in the Twin Oaks Technology Center, Building 1 at 1815 N.W. 169th Place, Beaverton. www.extension.oregonstate.edu/washington

BRIGHTER DAYS * Hillsboro Grange members will open their doors to the public Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to host the “Brighter Days Mental Health Fair.” The fair will allow visitors to explore career opportunities and talk to counselors and other health care providers. Information at www.cedarmill.org/BrighterDays. The grange is located at 245 S.E. Third Ave.


BIRDS AND BREW * Celebrate birds and support Friends of Fernhill Wetlands Saturday, Oct. 1 at the second annual Birds and Brew Festival at Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 S.W. Fern Hill Road and at McMenamins Grand Lodge. www.audubonportland.org/about/events/fernhill-festival.

FLAG DISPOSAL * American Legion, Post 2 of Forest Grove will hold a Flag Disposal Ceremony on Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the city parking lot located between Council and Ash streets, across from the fire station. Local Boy Scout units will assist in the ceremony. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend and bring any unserviceable flags to be properly disposed. New flags will be available for sale.

STEAK FRY * Steak Fry benefiting the 2018 Washington D.C. kids will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 5 to 9 p.m., at Visitation Parish Center, 4317 N.W. Visitation Road, Forest Grove. Advance tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. $18, $12 at the door. Includes ribeye, baked potato, corn on the cob, salad, dessert, lemonade and coffee. Soda, wine and beer available for purchase. Order tickets online at www.Vcsknights.org. Last day-of tickets available until 8 p.m.

COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION * A workshop on "Creating Peace with Self and Others through Connection will be offered at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kathy Marchant offers an interactive introduction to concepts of compassionate communication. 5150 S.W. Watson Ave., in Beaverton. Register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-646-1191. Suggested $20 donation.

SOUP'S ON * The sixth annual Soup's On will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Valley Catholic Athletic Center, 4275 S.W. 148th Ave., Beaverton. Advance tickets $25, $30 at the door. Children ages 5 to 12 are $7. Proceeds benefit the Sunshine Pantry. Tickets at www.ssmo.ejoinme.org/soupson2016.

COUNTRY MUSIC * Carlene Carter opens the Pacific University Performing Arts Series Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Often referred to as country music royalty, she simply considers herself a Carter Girl. Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, 2014 Cedar St. Tickets at www.pacificu.edu/performingarts.

LP ART * Westside ArtShare’s music-themed exhibit featuring over 40 paintings on vinyl LPs, “Going on Record,” opens at Insomnia Coffee Co. with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. 5389 W. Baseline Road in Hillsboro.

OKTOBERFEST * The theme at Forest Grove Farmers’ Market First Wednesday on Oct. 5 is Oktoberfest. In addition to the outdoor market, downtown businesses stay open late and offer shopping specials and events.

PLANT A TREE * Plant trees at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in Hillsboro with Friends of Trees 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. Groups of 5 more more should register at www.Friendsoftrees.org.

RUN FOR SHELTER * The Forest Grove United Church of Christ in partnership with Sonrise Church Forest Grove, is sponsoring a 5K and 1-mile Run-Walk and a “Tot Trot” at 9 a.m., Oct. 8. The event takes place at Forest Grove High School, 1401 Nichols Lane, and will benefit the Temporary Emergency Shelter at FGUCC. www.fgucc.org/runwalk-for-shelter/

FALL FEST * Discover Hillsboro’s agriculture in the place where it all began — Orenco. OrenKoFest is Saturday, Oct. 8, noon to 7 p.m. at Orenco Station Plaza, next to the Orenco MAX station in Hillsboro. Local eats, farm-fresh produce, live music, seasonal beer and wine, unique art and craft vendors, and kids’ autumn crafts.


GENEALOGY RESEARCH * The Genealogical Society of Washington County, will hold its monthly meeting 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway. Judi Scott will speak on indentured servants, a population critical to the development of the colonies.

ALZHEIMERS INFO * There will be an informational presentation by the Alzheimer's Association on the "Ten Signs of Early Detection" of Alzheimer's. Sunday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Forest Grove United Church of Christ sanctuary, 2032 College Way.

SQUARE DANCE * Valley Squares Dance Club hosts a family community dance every first and third Friday. No experience required. 7 p.m. Aloha Grange, 3425 S.W. 185th Ave. www.Valleysquares.com.

FOREST GROVE ELKS * Forest Grove Elks Lodge, 2810 Pacific Ave., will hold dance classes at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. A representative from the Veterans Administration will be available on Monday, Oct. 3 in the Veterans Resource Room. A free lunch for veterans is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lodge. Taekwondo classes are offered Monday, Oct. 3 and Wednesday Oct. 5, from 5 to 6:30 pm. All events are open to the public.




VFW * Dinner is served at the Hillsboro VFW Hall at 5 p.m. every Thursday. A $7 donation is requested. 310 S.W. Walnut St.



HARVEST FEST * OMSI presents a Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Enjoy the bounty of Oregon while indulging in snacks, sweets, beer and music from the Pacific Northwest. Learn about Oregon specialty crops from local farms, CSAs, cooking demonstrations and artisan vendors. There’s fun for the whole family, including kids activities and live entertainment. Festival takes place outside, in the OMSI Bridge Lot. Parking is $5 and does not include museum admission.


Banks Public Library

42461 N.W. Market St.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME * Storytime for ages 3 to 6 is every Wednesday at 10:5 a.m. Younger siblings are welcome.

Cornelius Public Library

1355 N. Barlow

SHARED HOUSING * Michele Fiasca of Let's Share Housing will share information on what it means to share your space and home with others and find meaningful ways to gain affordable housing solutions.6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Forest Grove City Library

2114 Pacific Ave.

CULTURAL PROGRAM * Friends of the Library Cultural Program presents Richard Engeman with his presentation, “Lost & Gone: Oregon’s Vanished Structures,” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Engeman is a historian and archivist with a vast knowledge of the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of Reed College and the University of Oregon librarianship program, he has specialized in historic photos, maps and architecture along with writing. Most recently the public historian of the Oregon Historical Society, he currently serves  on the Portland Landmarks Commission and the Oregon Century  Farm and Ranch Program.

Hillsboro Brookwood Library

2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

NATIONAL PARKS * Dave Bouchard, a national park enthusiast, will present from his 10-plus years of traveling America's best idea at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29.

ROBO CHAMP * Lorenzo Santillan, one of the robotics team champions featured in Hillsboro Reads 2016 book, “Spare Parts,” will talk about about his experiences and personal story. Saturday, Oct. 1 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.


Shute Park Library

775 S.E. Tenth Ave.

UNDERWATER DREAMS * A screening of “Underwater Dreams,” a documentary about how Mexican immigrant high school students learned to build an underwater robot from spare parts and win a robotics competition, will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. A group discussion will follow the film, led by Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, Policy & Civic Engagement Manager for the Latino Network. This program is part of Hillsboro Reads 2016.

ROBO CHAMP * Lorenzo Santillan, one of the robotics team champions featured in Hillsboro Reads 2016 book, “Spare Parts,” will talk about about his experiences and personal story. Friday, Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


North Plains

31334 N.W. Commercial St.

BOOK CLUB *  Discuss the book "Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity," by Steve Silberman.Wednesday, Sept. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. New members are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

FAREWELL PARTY * The community is invited to a party honoring retiring library director Debbie Brodie from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.


SEUSSICAL * Theatre in the Grove starts its 2016-17 season with “Seussical,” directed by Michelle Bahr and playing through Oct. 9. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets online at www.theatreinthegrove.org or call 503-359-5349.

THE GRADUATE * Bag&Baggage presents “The Graduate,” the 2000 stage play adapted from both the 1963 cult novel by Charles Webb and the 1967 film starring Dustin Hoffman. Play runs through Oct. 2. www.bagnbaggage.org.

ADDAMS FAMILY * Beaverton Civic Theatre presents a sneak preview of its fall production, “The Addams Family” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium. Free. Beavertonlibrary.org. The show runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 15. Tickets $5 to $15. www.Beavertoncivictheatre.org.