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March 23

Democratic Event * The Democratic Party of Washington County is holding a meeting, "A Better Washington County." Community Housing Fund executive director Sheila Fink will discuss the issue of affordable housing. Candidates running for local office will also take part in a speaker's forum. Portland Community College's Willow Creek Center, 241 S.W. Edgeway Drive, Room 103, in Beaverton. Social time at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. Registered Democrats and other progressives are invited to attend.

March 24

Maundy Thursday * The Forest Grove United Church of Christ will a host a musical event for Holy Thursday. 7 p.m. They'll present a cantana made up of seven phrases Jesus said during his crucifixion. Musicians include Sarah Ball, Joannah Ball, Jerry Frye, Del Bohlmeyer, Jane Romig, Paul Minor, Blake Timm and Paul Johnson.

Garden Class * OSU Master Gardener Sue Ryburn will teach audience members how to incorporate edible fruits, vegetables and herbs into home gardens alongside landscape plants. 10 a.m. Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate, 8005 S.W. Grabhorn in Aloha.

Historical Women * Jan Dilg from History Built will present "Nothing Will Settle it But Victory" about the 1912 campaign for women's right to vote in Oregon, eight years before the amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 6:30 p.m. Hillsboro Main Library.

Open House * Sharon Olmstead, a local financial advisor for the financial services firm Edward Jones, invites the public to attend an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. 2031 Hawthorne St., Suite A, Forest Grove. Learn about investing options.

March 25

Lego Palooza * Drop in the Jessie Mays Community Hall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Lego Palooza. Hang out and build with Legos or Duplos that we provide. All ages.

Origami * Learn origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding with Star Wars characters. 12:30 p.m. Main Library 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro.

March 26

Easter Egg Hunt * Cornell Estates is hosting an Easter egg hunt for the public. 1:30 p.m. Entertainment for all ages. Crafts, music, refreshments.

Plant Sale * The Dairy Creek Community Food Web is holding a sale with organic veggie starts, flowers, iris and berries. 19th Avenue and Birch Street. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Acoustic Workshop * Vic's Guitar Cave will be hosting an All Acoustic Workshop/Jam starting Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Americana Good Time, Bluegrass, and Ole' Time-y music will be the focus. A $10 donation is suggested. Contact Vic for further details and seating availability at 503-357-2787.

March 27

Egg Hunt * Head to 2070 Beal Road in Forest Grove for an egg hunt and free pancake breakfast. Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Egg hunts for kids through sixth grade at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There will be a raffle fundraiser for Anna & Abby's Yard, a community park with a universal play space, accessible picnic area and a Love Rock remembrance garden. An interactive exhibit, "The Good Friday Experience" will be open from 9 to 11 a.m.

Bingo Members of the Banks Historical Society invite the public to play Bingo on Sunday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. at Banks Billiards, 111 S. Main St. Proceeds go to the historical society.

March 28

Writing Talk * The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell is Unitarian Universalist minister who says what and how we write cannot be separated from who we are. Her life is portrayed in the documentary, "Raw Faith." She'll speak at the monthly gathering of Conversations with Writers. 7 p.m. Hillsboro Main Library.

Science Talk * As part of OMSI's monthly Science Pub events, the Nature Conservancy's Southeast Oregon Project Manager Jay Kerby will present, "Sagebrush Conservation: Can a Pasta Machine Save the West?" He'll explain how a non-native grass is dramatically transforming the sagebrush ecosystem to the detriment of wildlife, ranching, and human health, why traditional restoration methods are not up to the challenge and how good science paired with a pioneering approach are imagining a whole new way to restore desert landscapes. Venetian Theater & Bistro. 7 p.m.

March 29

Bingo * Forest Grove Senior and Community Center, 2037 Douglas St. Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $13 for all games played. $100 and $500 progressive jackpots.

March 30

Book Club * The North Plains Public Library will discuss "Mary Coin" by Marisa Silver. 7 p.m.

Historical Presentation * The Hillsboro Historical Society presents "Injustice or Insanity: The saga of a sheriff, a fugitive, and two unmarked graves" with Gaston authors Ken and Kris Bilderback. The society's annual meeting will follow. 7 p.m. Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St. in Hillsboro.

March 31

Beekeeping Introduction * The North Plains Public Library invites the public to learn about the benefits of keeping honeybees. Jeff Clark and his family keep bees in rural northern Washington County. He is the President of the Tualatin Valley beekeepers and a journeyman in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. This free presentation will cover hives and equipment, cost of getting started, local rules and regulations, resources for more information such as local bee groups and bee schools. 6 to 7 p.m.

April 1

Salmonberry Meeting * The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet at the Tillamook Forest Center to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84-mile Salmonberry Trail corridor connecting Tillamook and Banks. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway. Dennis Wiley is the Salmonberry Trail project manager. 503-986-0723 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

April 2 to 9

Storytelling Festival * The 12th Annual Art of the Story week will take place at Washington County Libraries. Free admission. On April 6, Patrick Ball presents "The Fine Beauty of the Island," a musical journey to the legendary Blasket Islands in Ireland in search of the origin and meaning of a mystical Irish melody. Forest Grove City Library. 7 p.m. On April 7, Kevin Kling will share humorous and heartfelt stories from a variety of holidays at Banks City Hall at 7 p.m. On April 8, Kevin Kling will discuss all the ways we traverse this amazing planet — buses, cars, boxcars, planes, boats and more — and Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course at 7 p.m.

April 2

Fundraiser Gala * Theatre in the Grove is presenting 'Gala in the Grove," with fine entertainment and fundraising. Performances by TITG veteran actors and musicians, including Jeanna Van Dyke, James Grimes, Pruella Centers, Ron Hansen and Jennifer Yamashiro. Silent auction baskets available for bid. Reception starts at 7 p.m. Entertainment at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include one drink ticket and light hors d'oeuvres. theatreinthegrove.org. 503-359-5349.

Concert * Karla Bonoff will visit Pacific University as part of their Performing Arts Series. 7:30 p.m. Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center. She's been called one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation with a career spanning four decades. Call 503-352-2918 for tickets.

Wine Event * Provincial Vineyards is hosting a season kick-off event with an open house featuring live music, door prizes, special paired appetizers, waived fee on wine flight tastings. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 14373 N.W. Timmerman Road in Forest Grove.

Artists Dinner The Forest Grove Public Arts Commission is hosting a dinner with the artists event featuring artist Amanda Houston. Forest Grove City Auditorium. 6 p.m. $45. An Italian feast. Purchase tickets at 503-502-3392 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

April 5

Senior Lunch * The Forest Grove United Church of Christ invites the public to their senior lunch at noon. Guest speakers Ken and Kris Bilderback will talk about their latest book, which just won the non-fiction award at the Great Northwest Book Festival. $5 donation for lunch suggested. Talk is free.

Cultural Series * The Forest Grove City Library Cultural Series presents "Mrs. Pittock Returns." The 170-year-old Georgiana Pittock will tell us how the 1854 wagon train, despite cholera, dysentery and death, brought some of the first roses to the city of Portland. 7 p.m. in the Rogers Room at the Forest Grove Library.