Book release party set Friday

Join Hillsboro author Tonya Macalino in celebrating the release of her new book “Stealing Lucifer’s Dreams” from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at Jacobsen’s Books, 211 E. Main St., Hillsboro.

Episode two in her “Shades of Venice” series, the futuristic paranormal thriller follows daredevil Alyse Kate Bryant’s misstep into the ruins of Venice, now a quarantine camp for the carriers of “sleepers’ syndrome.”

Macalino will read from the new book; her first book will be available for fans who want to catch up. Refreshments will be served.

Build your own spacesuit at Science Pub

Portland State University Professor of Anthropology Dr. Cameron Smith will talk about the Copenhagen Project, a private program aiming to reach space using do-it-yourself methods.

He will show his homemade pressure suit, which he plans to use in 2015 as he and the Copenhagen Suborbitals attempt to fly above “The Armstrong Line,” 63,000 feet above Earth. Sponsored by OMSI, his Science Pub talk will be held Monday, Nov. 18, at the Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro.


Free talk on writing history slated

Amateur historian and retired journalist Ken Bilderback will share how tracing the history of a creek with no name led him to dig deep into Oregon history.

The resulting book “Creek with No Name: How the West was Won (and Lost) in Gaston, Oregon” won first runner-up, history category, in the 2012 New York Book Festival.

Bilderback will speak from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Washington County Museum, Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza, 120 E. Main St.

Hayes illustrations at Forestry Center

Artwork by Hugh Hayes, who for 31 years illustrated posters and publications for the Oregon Department of Forestry, is on display through Nov. 30 at the Tillamook Forest Center.

An Oregon native, Hughes drew thousands of posters, many featuring his own comical characters, to remind people to “Keep Oregon Green.” Perhaps best known were the State of Oregon placemats found in restaurants during the 1960s and 1970s.

“His sense of humor and love of Oregon history and forests came through in his art to connect people to forests and remind them about fire safety,” state forester Doug Decker said. Hayes died in June at age 98.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The center is located halfway between Forest Grove and Tillamook on Oregon Highway 6 and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Freedom fighter to share story

Claire Phillips received the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor for an American citizen, for her espionage and humanitarian efforts in the Philippines during World War II.

Cornelius author Sig Unander, who is working on a documentary about the heroine who hailed from Portland, will present the dramatic true story of the courageous freedom fighter at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Walters Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro.

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