LESTA offers discount for bilingual program

For local families looking to “learn English and Spanish through the arts” (LESTA), now is the perfect time.

Tuition for LESTA’s bilingual theater program, which helps all ages learn English and Spanish through song and performance, usually costs $65 for each participant. But register by Jan. 20, and families can enroll two for the price of one. In addition, low-income families can pay what they can afford and apply for a scholarship to pick up the rest of the tab.

The six-week course will meet Saturdays, Feb. 8 to March 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. The first four weeks will be rehearsals at the LESTA studio at 365 N.E. Jackson St. in Hillsboro. The final two weeks will be at HART Theatre in downtown Hillsboro.

In “Hotel Buena Vista and the Dancing Cucarachas,” hotel employees must train a group of intrusive cockroaches to vacate their hotel and live underwater so guests will come back. Bilingual parodies make other languages easy and fun to learn.

Register at 503-617-6986 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dairy Creek calls for community involvement

Dairy Creek Community Food Web members are offering citizens the chance to get involved in the local food system discussion. “To Market to Market to Buy a Fat Pig,” a celebration of market houses and farmers markets across the country, will screen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Forest Grove Grange, 1917 B St. The film is free and so is the popcorn. After the film, there will be a discussion about the possibility of opening a year-round farmers market in Forest Grove.

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8, DCCFW is hosing a FEAST — Food Education Agriculture Solutions Together in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank and the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center. Share ideas, concerns and solutions about the local food system. Address the issue of feeding hungry people, supporting new farmers, establishing a year-round farmers market, community kitchens, developing school gardens, nutrition education, farm-to-school programs and land-use policies.

About 100 people showed up to the first FEAST held in 2011, and DCCFW members are hoping for many more than that this time around.

There will be free childcare with an RSVP. Contact Jessica at Oregon Food Bank, 503-439-6510, Ext. 3337.  

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