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Rep Singers to open 43rd season

Oregon Repertory Singers will open its 43rd season with a program spanning three centuries of music Oct. 8 and 9.

Titled “The Armed Man,” the program will include Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei,” excerpts from Giacomo Carissimi’s “Missa L’homme arme a 12” and the Portland premier of Sir Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man.”

The concerts feature the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and organist Jonas Nordwall, and take place at First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St. in Portland.

Tickets can be purchased online at orsarmedman.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006.

Rare Plant Research to celebrate summer’s end

Rare Plant Research will celebrate the end of summer from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 1, with its annual harvest dinner party.

Chef Dave Clark will create a dinner buffet, using fruits from the garden and foods from local farms. Cost of the buffet is $18 per person; wines will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. The gates open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is $10 per person.

Reservations are required and can be made online at rareplantresearch.com.

Rare Plant Research is located at 11900 S. Criteser Road in Oregon City.

Portland Open Studios coming up

Don’t miss your opportunity to visit 106 artists’ studios as Portland Open Studios opens Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16.

The studios are open, so artists can share their art with art enthusiasts. There are several ways to access to studios: Purchase a tour guide for $15, which allows admission for two people, at New Seasons Markets, Muse, I’ve Been Framed, Blick and Artist and Craftsmen or online at pdxos.com; Download the full PDXOS mobile app for $4.95 from your favorite app store or get a free map-only app from your favorite app store.

Your guide allows you entrance to studios both weekends. To learn more, visit pdxos.com.

AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at Aurora Presbyterian

Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on view, beginning Oct. 14 at the Aurora Presbyterian Church.

The 54-ton, handmade tapestry serves as a memorial, with the names of more than 96,000 individuals who have died of AIDS. More than 70 million people throughout the globe have been infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and 35 million people have died of HIV, according to the World Health Organization.

The free quilt display is hosted by the Old Aurora Colony Museum Quilt Show and the church. Visitors may view the quilt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

The quilt began with a single 3-foot-by-6-foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, it is composed of more than 49,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who died of AIDS.

The Aurora Presbyterian Church is located at 21553 N.E. Liberty St. in Aurora.

For more information on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, visit aidsquilt.org or call 404-688-5500.

Herbal Tea Blending class offered

Join the Traditional Roots Institute and herbalist Mel Mutterspaugh for a Hands-On Medicine Evening (HOME) class at the National University of Natural Medicine from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17.

The course will include a review of medicinal uses of several readily available herbs, discussion of tea as a delivery mechanism and cover blending strategies to make tasty teas.

Participants will get to both make and sample a variety of blends and will leave with recipes and tea samples. Class size is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Registration fee is $40 before Oct. 2 and $50 after that date. Register online at nunm.edu or call 503-552-1521.

NUNM is located at 049 S.W. Porter St. Portland.

James Beard Foundation to hold benefit

A Night of Culinary Stars event benefitting the James Beard Foundation will be held Oct. 21 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave. in Portland. The event begins with a cocktail and tasting reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m., prepared by special guest All-Star Chef Stephanie Izard, an American chef residing in Chicago, Ill., best known as the first female chef to win Bravo’s Top Chef, taking the title on the fourth season.

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through educational programs.

A series of Taste America dinners are being held across the United States through the first weekend in November.

Tickets for this event are $250 for premier seating or $350 for VIP all-star seating. Visit tasteamerica.myshopify.com/collections/portland for details.

— The Review, Tidings