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Find a play, a concert, a film or another event to brighten up the holiday season.

COURTESY PHOTO - Two Spirit Jazz plays Dec. 10 in Tualatin.EVERY FRIDAY Workshop: Drop-In Zen. 5 p.m. Free. Adults and teens. Brookwood Library, Hillsboro.

THROUGH DEC. 23 Theater: Bag&Baggage Productions presents "Charles Dickens Writes 'A Christmas Carol.'" Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $27-$32 at www.bagnbaggage.org. Ages 16+. The Vault Theater, Hillsboro.

THROUGH DEC. 23 Theater: Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents "Your Holiday Hit Parade." Enjoy holiday hits of yesteryear alongside contemporary charmers in this tuneful new revue created by Portland's musical theater maestro Rick Lewis Broadway Rose co-founder Dan Murphy. Tickets: $30-$46 at www.broadwayrose.org. 6 and up. Broadway Rose New Stage, Tigard.

THROUGH JAN. 1 Event: Third annual Winter Village at Jerry Willey Plaza, Orenco Station, Hillsboro. Outdoor open-air ice skating rink. More: www.Hillsboro-oregon.gov/WinterVillage.

DEC. 1-17 Theater: Theatre in the Grove presents "Once Upon a Mattress." Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $14-$16 at www.theatreinthegrove.org. Theatre in the Grove, Forest Grove.

DEC. 1-17 Theater: Beaverton Civic Theatre presents "Annie." Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $5-$15 at www.beavertoncivictheatre.org. Performances take place at Beaverton City Library Auditorium.

DEC. 1 Music: Johnny B. Connolly, Dale Russ and Joe Root in concert. First Friday Ceili and annual food drive. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Ages 14+. Winona Grange, Tualatin.

Music: Singer/songwriter Kristin Andreassen returns to her hometown of Hillsboro for a first-ever performance at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. She'll be joined by Decemberists guitarist Jon Neufield. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance/$20 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com.

DEC. 2 Event: Holiday in the Grove. Breakfast with Santa, downtown shopping, artisans' marketplace, holiday light parade. All day. More: www.cityclubfg.com.

Music: Brian Oberlin presents a free concert of holiday music arranged for mandolin. 2 p.m. Forest Grove Library.

Music: "Hearts of the Dulcimer" documentary and demonstration by Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang. 2 p.m. Free. Brookwood Library, Hillsboro.

Music: Pacific University Holiday Concert. The Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Voce Femme and Splendid Audacity will perform. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-$7. Students are free with ID. Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center, Forest Grove.

DEC. 2, 3 Music: Oregon Chorale presents "Comfort & Joy" Christmas concert. 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets: $10-$15; free under age 18. www.oregonchorale.org. St. Matthew Catholic Church, Hillsboro.

DEC. 3 Culture: Northwest Dance Theater presents "A Nutcracker Tea." 2 p.m. Free. Ages 4+. Tualatin Public Library.

Music: Pacific University's Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dijana Ihas, will perform at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-$7. Students are free with ID. Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center, Forest Grove.

Workshop: "Fancy Fabric" with April Hoff. Learn to print your own fabric squares using inks and objects with personal meaning. 1-4 p.m. Ages 14+. Register at www.artingales.org. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

DEC. 3 Ongoing Workshop: Bob Hackney leads wheel and handbuilding clay class. Sundays, 6 p.m. or Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Register at valleyart.org. Ages 18+. www.valleyart.org. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

DEC. 3-29 Visual Art: Village Gallery of Arts hosts a show and sale of unique, affordable art, gifts and cards created by local artists. 10 a.m to 4 p.m. daily; noon to 4 p.m. Portland.

DEC. 4 Networking: Creative industry networking. Free. 5-7 p.m. La Fuente Taqueria & Restaurant, Tigard.

Workshop: Messy art. 4 p.m. Free. Ages 2-8 with caregiver. Beaverton City Library.

DEC. 5 Workshop: Coffees of the World. Nathan Palmer of To the Roots Coffee Roasters shares the cultural and economic history of coffees, examining the roots of coffee from tree to cup. Coffee samples. 6:30 p.m. Free. Forest Grove Library.

Event: Trivia Night at Vertigo Brewing Hosted by one of Hillsboro Public Library's quiz master librarians. 7 p.m. Free. Ages 21+. Vertigo Brewing, Hillsboro.

Visual Art: First Tuesday gallery reception with live music by harpist Elizabeth Nicholson. Featured artists: Two solo shows exploring abstract expression in paint. "The Abstracts" by Plata Garza and "Abstract Expressions" by Steve Kleier 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Exhibits run through Jan. 26. Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro.

Visual Art: Reception for Sequoia Gallery's annual all-member show. Live music by The Local Band. 5-8 p.m. Free. Sequoia Gallery+Studios, Hillsboro.

DEC. 6 Crafts: Welcome winter with a festive wreath-making craft night. Basic supplies provided. 6 p.m. Free. Register: gardenhomelibrary.org. Teens and adults. Garden Home Community Library Annex, Portland.

DEC. 6 Music: Westside Community & Youth Orchestra will present its Winter 2017 Concert on Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Liberty High School auditorium, Hillsboro.

DEC. 7 Film: Classic Film Series — "White Christmas." 7 p.m. $3. All ages. Sherwood Center for the Arts.

Event: "Vic Atiyeh: the Governor from Washington County" by Dr. James Moore. Learn how a small business owner reshaped a state. 6:30 p.m. Free. Program for adults. Brookwood Library, Hillsboro.

Music: Celebrate with the Dickens Carolers. 8 p.m. Free. All ages. Jessie Mays Community Hall, North Plains.

Music: Happy Bossa Nova Holidays. Ronnie Robins Trio performs Brazilian rhythms. 6:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Cedar Mill Library, Portland.

DEC. 7-JAN. 1 Visual Arts: The Oregon College of Art and Craft Faculty Biennial showcases a range of contemporary art made by OCAC faculty. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free. More: ocac.org. Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland.

DEC. 8 Music: Oregon Mandolin Orchestra holiday concert. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com. Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro.

Music: Hillsboro Community Youth Choir presents "Light," a holiday concert performed by children grades Kindergarten through high school. 7 p.m. Tickets: $5, free for middle schoolers and younger. Hillsboro High School auditorium.

DEC. 8 Craft: Mini Mosaics. 4:30 p.m. Grades 5-8. Register online at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register. Beaverton City Library.

DEC. 8, 15, 22 Workshop: "Let's Clay" December's clay play with kids invites an adult to hand-build projects and glaze their creations together. 4-6 p.m. $40-$90. Ages 6+. Register online at www.artingales.org. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

DEC. 9 Craft: Sculpey art. 2 p.m. Grades K-5 with caregiver. Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls.

Music: Czech holiday music — Helena and Mark Greathouse. 2 p.m. Free. Tigard Public Library.

Music: The Voices for the Performing Arts will present their annual Spirit of Christmas choral concert at 3 and 7 p.m. More: www.vpafoundation.org. Sherwood Center for the Arts.

Music: MAC in concert. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20 at www.brownpapertickets.com. Winona Grange, Tualatin.

Visual Art: Artist reception at Beaverton's Art On Broadway Gallery featuring "Oregon Lovescape," watercolor paintings by Mary Burgess. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. More: www.artonbroadway.net.

Workshop: Breathing, meditation and mindfulness. 11 a.m. Free. Program for adults. Brookwood Library, Hillsboro.

DEC. 9, 10 Dance: "The Nutcracker" ballet. 1 and 6 p.m. Tickets: $8-$12. Forest Grove High School Auditorium.

DEC. 10 Music: Two Spirit Jazz. 2 p.m. Free. All ages. Tualatin Public Library.

Craft: Glitter houses. Create an easy seasonal decoration out of a paper maché house with paint, glue and glitter. 3 p.m. $5, register online at www.tualatinoregon.gov/library. Ages 12+. Tualatin Public Library.

Workshop: "Holiday Cards." Use rich nontoxic Akua inks to print original holiday cards with matching envelopes. All supplies provided. 1-4 p.m. Ages 7+. Register online at www.artingales.org. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

DEC. 11 Music: Portland Community College Rock Creek Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present a variety of jazz, classical, band and pop tunes. 7 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. Rock Creek campus, Portland.

DEC. 12 Music: The PCC Rock Creek choirs, directed by Dr. Samuel Barbara, will present an array of choral music, including a variety of holiday selections. 7 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. Rock Creek campus, Portland.

Music: Song Circle. Adult singers and acoustic instrument players gather to sing and play popular pop and folk songs of the '60s and '70s. Free. Cedar Mill Library, Portland.

Spoken Word: Open Poetry Night — Poets and lovers of poetry gather for a casual evening of shared inspiration and creative camaraderie. 7 p.m. Free. Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro.

Craft: Celebrate the new Star Wars movie release by creating crafts inspired by Star Wars characters. 4:30 p.m. Grades 3-6. Register online at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register. Beaverton City Library.

DEC. 13 Workshop: Get organized. Learn how to use a Bullet Journal. 7 p.m. Free. For teens. Brookwood Library, Hillsboro.

Theater: Fake Radio: "It's A Wonderful Life." Join "The Kids In The Hall" star Kevin McDonald and host of LA-based improv- comedy performers for this 1940s-style comedy version of the classic. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 at www.bagnbaggage.org. One night only at Bag&Baggage's home, The Vault Theater, Hillsboro.

DEC. 14 Visual Art: Old Town Sherwood Winter Art Walk. View local art, chat with artists, participate in interactive activities, listen to live music, enjoy food and beverages. All ages 5 to 8 p.m. The Rob Rainwater Trio plays from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Public Library.

DEC. 15 Music: Oregon Symphony String Ensemble featuring the Oregon Chorale, benefitting the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door. brownpapertickets.com. Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro.

Film: "The Thin Man," a 1934 film about a former detective and his wife who investigate a murder case. 7 p.m. Free. For adults. Garden Home Community Library Annex, Portland.

DEC. 16, 17 Dance: "The Nutcracker" ballet. Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. Hillsboro High School auditorium.

DEC. 16-31 Literary Art: Winter Reading Challenge — Free. All ages. Hillsboro Brookwood and Shute Park libraries. Read seven times in 16 days for a chance to win prizes. Children who complete the challenge earn a ticket to attend an after-hours party at the library. Teens and adults will be entered in a drawing to win $50 gift cards to Powell's Books. Register: www.hillsborolibrary.beanstack.org.

DEC. 16 Workshop: "3-D Winter Snowflakes." Create a dimensional snowflake that you can use for years to come if properly stored. Ages 7+. 11 a.m. www.valleyart.org. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

Workshop: "Sand Dollar Serenity" with April Hoff. Paint a serene sand dollar acrylic, all materials provided. 1-5 p.m. $50. Ages 12+. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for discount code. Register at www.artingales.org. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

DEC. 17 Literary Art: Writers' Mill. Guest speaker Walt Socha on marketing techniques for the self-published writer. 1 p.m. Ages 16+. Cedar Mill Library, Portland.

DEC. 18 Workshop: Listen to music and a short story while you color. 6:30 p.m. Ages 16+. Cedar Mill Library, Portland.

DEC. 18-22 Theater: Winter CAST Camp. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150. Ages 8-14. www.theatreinthegrove.org. Theatre in the Grove, Forest Grove.

DEC. 19-ongoing Workshop: Watercolor with Irilla Swanson, first and third Tuesdays, noon to 2 p.m. Ages 18+. Enroll anytime. www.valleyart.org. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

DEC. 19 Craft: Make your own fidget spinner. 10:30 a.m. Free. All ages. Brookwood Library, Hillsboro.

Spoken Word: "Winter Tales by the Fire: Short Stories by Charles Dickens" with Bag&Baggage Productions. 7 p.m. Free. Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro.

Music: Mo Phillips performs some rip-roaring, kid-friendly rock and roll. 11 a.m. Free. All ages. Tualatin Public Library.

DEC. 20 Craft: Decorate a gingerbread house. 2 p.m. Free. Ages 3-11 with a caregiver. Registration required online or in person: www.hillsborolibrary.org. Brookwood Library, Hillsboro.

Spoken Word: As the winter solstice approaches, brave the dark and enjoy a relaxing short story reading filled with wintry delight. Warm up at this story time for adults with hot cider and cookies. 7 p.m. Free. Tigard Public Library.

DEC. 21 Music: Selena sing-along. 5:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Shute Park Library, Hillsboro.

Film: International Movie Night. 7 p.m. Abbey Creek Wine Tasting Room, North Plains. Free. 21 and over.

Craft: Artists gather to swap miniature trading cards. 6 p.m. North Plain Public Library. www.nplibrary.org.

DEC. 22 Craft: Crayon melt tapestry. 4 p.m. Grades 3-6. Register online at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register. Beaverton City Library.

Craft: Decorate a Santa hat or snowman. 2 p.m. Craft:aft:Free. Ages 7-10. Shute Park Library, Hillsboro.

Craft: Tween Gingerbread Build-Off. All supplies provided. 4:30 p.m. Grades 4-7. Brookwood Library, Hillsboro.

DEC. 26 Music: Rhythm/Drum Circle. Adult drummers gather to develop rhythmic abilities while strengthening the group as a whole. Free. Ages 16+. Cedar Mill Library, Portland.

DEC. 27 Film: "After the Storm" (Japan). 6:15 p.m. Ages 18+. Cedar Mill Library, Portland.

DEC. 27-29 Workshop: "Winter Art Break for Kids." 1:30-3:30 p.m. $20 per class or $50 for all three. Ages 5+. Register online at www.artingales.org. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

DEC. 28 Literary Art: Harry Potter Movie Bingo — Potterheads will play Harry Potter Bingo to "Deathly Hallows, Part II." Costumes welcome. 5 p.m. All ages. Shute Park Library, Hillsboro.

DEC. 28 Ongoing Workshop: "Art Club for Kids." Enroll anytime at www.artingales.org. Thursdays. Ages 5-17. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

 

DEC. 29 Workshop: "Winter Clay Day." Build and color stain clay creations that will be fired and ready for pickup within a couple of weeks. 4-6:30 p.m. Ages 7+. Register online at www.artingales.org. Valley Art, Forest Grove.

Craft: Shrinky Dinks Party. 4 p.m. Grades K-5 with caregiver. Register online at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register. Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls.

Music: "Frozen" sing-along. 3 p.m. All ages. Shute Park Library, Hillsboro.

DEC. 31 Event: Noon Year's Eve Party — Dancing, noisemakers and an apple juice toast. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. All ages. Shute Park Library, Hillsboro.

Event: New Year's Eve Celebration. 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 advance/$15 at door at www.mcmenamins.com/grandlodge. 21 and over. McMenamins Grand Lodge, Forest Grove.

Event: Loud in the Library: 2017 New Year's Eve Party. Celebrate with a night of dancing, games, mini golf, ping pong, food and alcohol, and a midnight balloon drop in the library's grand staircase. Proceeds benefit the Beaverton Library Foundation. 9 p.m. For adults. Tickets: $45 single/$80 couple at www.BeavertonLibraryFoundation.org/NYE.

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