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Mixed watermedia workshop offered

Artist Melissa Gannon will offer a mixed watermedia workshop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., in Gladstone. Cost is $90. For a list of supplies to bring and more details, call Gannon at 503-557-3963.

Films on 43 set for Jan. 22

Films on 43: Documentaries and Discussions, the joint project of Emmanuel Presbyterian and West Linn Lutheran churches, will continue its 2015-2016 series with a screening of “American Winter” at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Emmanuel Presbyterian, 19200 Willamette Drive in West Linn.

This documentary was filmed one winter in Portland; the camera captures intimate portraits of families struggling to “make it” in the aftermath of the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. It shows how the state of the U.S. national economy is affecting individuals and families as they face the consequences of the decline of the middle class and the American dream.

After the screening Bob and Janet Raes will discuss their experiences supporting an Oregon City food bank, and how the public can help provide food where it is needed.

To learn more, call Emmanuel Presbyterian at 503-636-7000 or West Linn Lutheran at 503-816-5521.

Attend Museum after Dark event

The Washington County Museum is hosting a Museum after Dark event from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the museum, located at 120 E. Main St. in Hillsboro. The event features the Let Go My LEGO exhibit during a special adults-only happy hour. Attendees can enjoy a glass of wine, challenge a friend to a LEGO building competition and view the exhibit, which will close Jan. 30.

For more information, call the museum at 503-645-5353.

Funhouse Lounge to present ‘U.S.S. Improvise: The Next Generation’

The Funhouse Lounge will present “U.S.S. Improvise: The Next Generation the Musical” through Jan. 30, with 7 p.m. showings Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Live, unscripted episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” are returning for the fourth year, and this fan favorite promises to be better than ever. Using audience suggestions, the Funhouse Improvisers craft new episodes of the sci-fi classic television show, complete with improvised songs.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 at the door. Thursday performances are “pay what you want” and are subject to availability.

The Funhouse Lounge is located at 2432 S.E. 11th Ave. in Portland.

Attend ChocolateFest

ChocolateFest is back Jan. 22-24 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Portland. Visitors can enjoy chocolate in all shapes and sizes as well as taste wine, other delicious foods and educational presentations. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit World Forestry Center, whose mission is to connect people to the importance of forests and sustainable forestry.

The festival opens Friday, Jan. 22 with an “ultimate happy hour” for those 21 and older with live music, wine and chocolate pairing presentations. Saturday hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday the event runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $25 for VIP (21 and older), $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for students ages 5 years old through college. Purchase tickets online at chocolatefest.org.

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