Two great free events come to Forest Grove

In this corner, you have “Extremely Physical Theatre” from a top-notch Portland entertainment company. And on the other side of the ring, you’ve got a time machine that will take you back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Both Saturday, both in Forest Grove, both free.

What’s an entertainment lover to do? See them both — if you time it right.

At McMenamins Grand Lodge, the Society for Creative Anachronism and its “Kingdom of An Tir” will transform the grounds into the medieval Renaissance village of Fairegrove from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Check out armored combat, medieval dance, music, storytelling, juggling, face-painting, a maypole and an archery range for children. Or study demonstrations of bow-making and arrow-making, wool-spinning, glass beadmaking, traditional wood-lathe, leatherworking, bookbinding, textiles, food and more.

Meanwhile, at Forest Grove High School, Do Jump! (“Turning the world upside down ... one person at a time”) and its teen offshoot, Zig Zag, open a three-hour arts extravaganza beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“I have been working on bringing Do Jump! to Forest Grove since October,” said Philip Thias, an art teacher at the school. He got the idea from a student, Livia Hershman, who participates in the Zig Zag program. In April, a $500 mini-grant from Forest Grove’s Public Arts Commission — and a generous discount from Do Jump! — made the free show possible.

Also performing will be dancers from Pacific University, Forest Grove Dance Arts and Creative Enterprises, as well as other musical and artistic groups.

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