Mini-Avengers, assemble!

Washington County Crafts present an exhibit of Tigard-based artist Aaron Lopresti's animations for DC and Marvel comics, where kids can design their own superhero mask, make a comic strip and discuss the merits of various super powers.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, June 18 at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.

Lopresti has worked with Marvel and DC Comics since 1989, where he's drawn the likes of Wonder Woman, The Hulk, Spiderman, Batman, X-men and his own comic creations.

For more information call 503-992-9533.

Rein in terroir

Most Oregonians probably know that the Willamette Valley produces some of the most acclaimed wine in North America - and it's no surprise that both the climate and skill play a role in that.

But did you also know that a big part of our viticultural success comes, literally, from the ground up? It's true. Twelve of the 16 essential elements for wine grapes come from the soil, greatly affecting what the French call terroir ('the taste of the place').

On June 20, you can get the dirt on how our local geology and hydrology have affected our vaunted place in the global wine world when Scott Burns, a professor of geology at Portland State University, presents the Washington County Museum's Crossroads lecture.

Burns' lecture, titled 'The Mystery of Terroir - the Relationship of Geology, Soils, and Climate to Wine,' will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. at the museum, 17677 N.W. Springville Road, on the campus of Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus.

Crossroads lectures are free to members and $3 for the public. For more information call 503-645-5353 or visit 

Airport lead meeting tonight

Oregon Aviation Watch will make a presentation tonight at the Hillsboro Library on lead emissions from aviation fuel.

Two weeks ago the News-Times reported on the group's efforts to raise awareness about lead pollution surrounding the Hillsboro Airport. The airport serves mostly small general aircraft that use leaded fuel and consequently emit the toxin into the air.

The presentation will be held from 6 to 7:45 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Hillsboro Library's central branch, located at 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, in Hillsboro.

Members of the group will be on hand after the presentation to field questions from attendees.

Miki Barnes, president of the non-profit activist group, said the PowerPoint presentation will focus on educating the community about the issue. She said the meeting will also allow citizens to have a voice.

'Lead is of great concern to a lot of people,' she said. 'We welcome input.'

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