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Learn the jitterbug

Dave and Jody Crandell will be teaching beginning and intermediate jitterbug swing classes at the West Linn Adult Community Center beginning March 14 and concluding April 4.

A beginning level course will be taught from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. and an intermediate level course will be taught from 7 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $45 per person. No experience is necessary and no partners are required. For more information contact the Crandells at 503-637-6295 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Register by calling West Linn Parks and Recreation at 503-557-4700.

Willamette Falls to present spring concert

The Willamette Falls Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert March 17 at 3 p.m. at the Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Road in Oreogn City. The program will include Stanford’s “Irish Rhapsody No. 1” and Harty’s “Irish Symphony.”

Also, the winners of the group’s biannual youth concerto competition will perform.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors and children younger than 12 are admitted free with an adult.

Literary artists invited to apply for award

The Regional Arts and Culture Council is now accepting applications from literary artists working in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and playwriting for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available online at racc.org/grantsonline.

Guidelines can be downloaded from the RACC website and all applications must be submitted online at racc.org/grantsonline.

To be considered, applicants must submit an intent to apply form electronically no later than 5 p.m. April 3. Applicants are then required to finalize and submit their online applications and upload all supplementary materials electronically by 5 p.m. April 10.

Applicants must be professional artists, as recognized by their peers, with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the literary arts. They must be current residents of Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington counties and have lived in Oregon for a minimum of five years.

Bikeswap planned for March 23, 24

Families, new cyclists and experienced cyclists will have an opportunity to buy and sell their cycling gear as part of the Bicycle Transporation Alliance’s BikeSwap to be held March 23 and 24 in conjunction with the PDX Bicycle Show at the Portland Convention Center. The BikeSwap is expected to include thousands of cycling-related items like bikes, trailers, tools, parts and accessories at bargain prices.

For details on how to donate, consign or sell your gear, go to bikeswap.pedalnationevents.com.

Volunteer for the Arts

The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is seeking interested volunteers who have a passion for art, are comfortable leading groups and are available at least two hours a month.

The city of Lake Oswego’s Gallery Without Walls outdoor sculpture exhibit offers docent-led tours to the public. No experience is necessary to be a docent.

Volunteers receive complete training and materials to lead groups ranging from school-age to retirees. “It’s a great way to serve your community and it’s fun,” organizers said.

For more information, contact Nancy Nye at 503-675-3738 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications being accepted to Book Festival

Applications from authors, publishers, bookstores and book organizations are being accepted for the fifth annual NW Book Festival to be held at Pioneer Courthouse Square July 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information can be obtained online at nwbookfestival.com or veronicaesagui.net.

Attend HomeWord Bound fundraiser

Community Partners for Affordable Housing will hold its annual fundraiser, HomeWord Bound, from 6 to 10 p.m. on April 5 at Tualatin Country Club. This marks the 15th year of the event, which features Northwest authors. Tickets to the event are $75 each; tables of ten are available for $600. Admission price includes dinner, silent auction, a Wine Wall, a dozen local authors, book signings and sales.

Featured speakers include Whitney Otto, Daniel H. Wilson. Authors in attendance include TJ Brown, Rob DeBorde, Brian Doyle, Scott Farris, April Henry, Karen Karbo, Carter Sickels, Laura Stanfill and Yuvi Zalkow. Special guest Dan Murphy, founding general manager of The Broadway Rose Theatre Company will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call Tracy Stepp at 503-293-4038.

Spring term to begin at PCC’s Senior Studies Institute

The spring term classes of PCC’s Senior Studies Institute will begin soon. The program offers a wide variety of topics: Early Oregon History, Jazz and Classical Piano Concert; History of the Rose Festival; How are Artists Inspired?; weekly playreading: A Culinary Discovery of America and many more.

Cost is $30 per year. For more information, visit pcc.edu/ssi or call 503-228-2488.

If you can spell, Oregon Spellers needs you

Oregon Spellers, which runs the Statewide Spelling Championship, is looking for volunteers in Clackamas County to organize written spelling contests at the school, school district and county levels. The top speller in each division — elementary, middle, and high school — of the county level contest will proceed to the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship, which is held at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. Local contest organizers can be school administrators, teachers, parent volunteers, or even community service organizations. More information about how to organize a spelling contest can be found at oregonspellers.org or contact Oregon Spellers at 541-401-9780 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Cultural participation grant program accepting applicants

The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition is a group of leaders from area organizations that have a mission to foster a community that is opportunity-rich in cultural offerings, increasing the likelihood of participation among the broadest possible spectrum of county residents. The MCCC’s policies and procedures help govern the distribution of funds received from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The Community Cultural Participation Grant Program supports community-based cultural events, programs and organizations. Community Cultural Participation Grants can be used for a specific event, program, or activity, as long as it is open to the public.

Any not-for-profit organization will be eligible to apply for a CCP grant up to $2,000. This includes registered neighborhood associations, groups of citizens with a declared common purpose consistent with the goals of this grant program, and organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status. However, IRS 501(c)(3) status is not required.

Applications must clearly demonstrate how the funds will help the proposed cultural event, program, or activity to become more accessible and/or affordable to Multnomah County residents or encourage new cultural activities and organizations.

Go to racc.org/countyapps for information and application. Deadline for online application is April 15 at 5 p.m.

OAC announces May 1 deadline for grant applications

The Oregon Arts Commission announces a 5 p.m. May on-line application deadline for three categories of grants to Oregon arts organizations. Guidelines for all of the programs are available at oregonartscommission.org/grants/grants-for-organizations . All applications will be submitted electronically. No paper submissions will be accepted.

Operating Support Grants support the operations of, and public access to, the programs of Oregon’s medium and large nonprofit arts organizations.

Arts Services Grants support the services and activities and outreach of local and regional arts councils and other organizations providing arts services that benefit Oregonians on a local or regional level.

Grants for Arts Learning support teaching and learning in and about the arts in Oregon’s K-12 schools and communities.

The grants recognize artistic excellence as well as the role that arts organizations take in the broader social, educational and economic areas of community life. In FY2013, the OAC awarded more than $1.25 million in 124 grants to Oregon arts organizations through these three categories.

Guidelines and applications are available online at oregonartscommission.org. Applicants are encouraged to review the program guidelines, and seek further assistance from Arts Commission staff. The programs are competitive, and a discussion with Arts Commission staff can clarify the intent of them.

Trillium Festival, Native and Hardy Plant Sale set for April 6, 7

Put Trillium gala on calendar for March 29

The 33rd annual Trillium Festival will be celebration at Tryon Creek Nature Area on April 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is a family friendly event at which nurseries from around the state come to the park with a large range of native northwest plant inventory available for purchase.

“The festival has built a wonderful legacy as a place to find unique native plants for your garden, to connect with others who cherish our urban natural spaces and to celebrate the arrival of spring in Oregon,” said David Cohen, executive director of the Friends of Tryon Creek.

The festival will experience its first major changes since its inception - doubling the size of the plant sale and expanding the spaces for all festival activities and programs. As always, the Festival will feature guided interpretive nature hikes by Friends’ volunteers, children’s nature activities, a marketplace for local craft and edibles vendors, and an information area featuring local environmental groups and food and coffee vendors.

Free shuttle service from Riverdale High School and Lewis & Clark College will be available during festival hours.

The Friends have developed another new event - the Trillium Festival Gala, which will take place a week before the weekend sale on March 29. The event will provide an opportunity to celebrate the Friends accomplishments and legacy, and share with likeminded individuals who share a passion for nature. Lake Oswego author Brian Doyle will be the guest speaker and the first annual John Gray Award for Environmental Education will be awarded. There will also be a silent auction.

Tryon Creek’s chili cookoff winners announced

The Friends of Tryon Creek opened the doors of the Nature Center at Tryon Creek State Natural Area in January to the annual chili cookoff. This year’s champion is Roger Ackerson. Second place went to Phil Almgren and runner up was Dana Lamont.

The proceeds of the annual event benefit the Friends of Tryon Creek and their environmental education and stewardship programs.