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COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF HILLSBORO - ArtFest on the Plaza is a free event to begin a month filled with arts and culture activities throughout Hillsboro.

ACTIVITIES

SOMALI CULTURE — Beaverton City Library hosts "A Night with Somalis," on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Increase your understanding, learn about the Somali culture, enjoy a fashion show, eat, meet new friends and have loads of fun. Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St. Free. Visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.

NETWORKING EVENT — American Association of University Women's Hillsboro/Forest Grove chapter is hosting its fall member and guest event on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Coyote's Bar and Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, in Hillsboro.  This will be an opportunity to meet new friends and branch members. Learn about the AAUW Branch activities opportunities and connect with vibrant women in our community. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

ADOPTION STORY — Tigard Public Library's Author Talk is "You Don't Know How Lucky You Are: An Adoptee's Journey through the American Adoption Experience," on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Local author Rudy Owens will discuss his lifelong journey as an adoptee. Owens found his biological families in 1989 and ultimately forced his birth state to give him his original birth certificate in 2016. Owens uses his personal story to highlight the American adoption experience in the decades after World War II. Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd., Tigard. Free. Visit tigard-or.gov/library.

AGRICULTURE — Washington County Museum presents AgriCulture: Opening Reception, Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 to 8 p.m. This exhibit explores the ways in which food cultivation shapes the lived experiences of people in the Tualatin Valley. A collection of personal narratives from historic and contemporary community members are the focal point of the exhibit, creating a sort of dialogue across time, culture, and technology where individuals' stories can speak to many facets of the field of agriculture and the complex ways in which it impacts our habits, bodies, and beliefs. Photography, video, illustration, an interactive drawing station and historical objects from the museum's collection surround and take inspiration from these stories. $5, includes museum admission. 17677 N.W. Springville Road. Visit washingtoncountymuseum.org or call 503-645-535.

RUN OR WALK FOR SHELTER — On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m., beginning at Forest Grove High School, the West Washington County Community Coalition is hosting a 5k and 1-mile run or walk, with the registration fee up to the participant. All proceeds will go toward the Community Coalition and directly benefit programs that serve those experiencing social and economic hardship in Forest Grove and the surronding area. For more information, visi wwccoalition.org.

MUSIC

BILINGUAL FOLK SONGS — Learn English/Spanish thru the Arts hosts bilingual folk songs and sing-alongs for all ages each third Thursday of the month, 2 to 4 p.m., with director and folk singer Cyndi Turtledove. All acoustic instruments welcome. Woodland Park Apartments, 280 S.E. 12th Ave., Apt. A-102, in Hillsboro. Free. Call 503-617-6986 or visit lesta.net. All ages, best for ages 5 and older.

CONCERT SERIES — Luz Elena Mendoza performs Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center. Latin folk singer and songwriter Mendoza is frontwoman of Y La Bamba, her bluegrass folk vocals are rooted in Mexican tradition. Her latest album, "Ojos del Sol," is a sweeping, playful, and vulnerable collection that's ripe with both musical and personal discovery. Walters Cultural Arts Center is located at 527 E. Main St., in downtown Hillsboro. $15-$20. Visit hillsboro-oregon.gov/Walters or call 503-615-3485.

OPEN MIC — Friday nights are open mic from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Influence Music Hall and Gallery in Hillsboro, 135 S.E. Third Ave. Sign up starts at 7 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Minors are allowed until 9 p.m. Play for an audience or hear local talent. Call 503-701-6859 for information.

Theater

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK — Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre presents "Barefoot in the Park," a play written by Neil Simon about a newlywed couple facing ups and downs after they move to New York City. Tickets can be purchased on its website, or at the door of the show. Showtimes include Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Sept. 7th to 23rd.

MUSICAL — "Ordinary Days," Sept. 20 to Oct. 14, at Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard. Thursday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. A romance on the rocks, an artist's vision stalled, and a graduate thesis in peril lead four young New Yorkers through a series of intersecting vignettes in this captivating new musical. $20-48. Visit broadwayrose.org, or call 503-620-5262.

ART

CRAFTERNOON — Come every second Thursday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. to try out a new crafting skill at one of these Crafternoon workshops. Learn about decoupage, printmaking, paper arts and more with like-minded crafters. Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road, Suite 26A. Free. Visit alohalibrary.org or call 503-259-0185. Ages 11 and older.

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP — Paint watercolor with Yong Hong Zhong, Friday, Sept. 21, 22 and 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sequoia Gallery + Studios. Go from thumbnail sketches to watercolor completion. Located at Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro. $300. Visit sequoiagallerystudios.org.

BAD ART COMPETITION — Garden Home Community Library hosts a Bad Art Competition, Sept. 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m. At this month's art night, attendees will spend an hour creating the worst art imaginable, culminating with an informal 15-minute exhibition, complete with awards for the ugliest masterpieces of the evening. No registration required; arrive a few minutes early to secure your spot. Garden Home Community Library Annex, 7306 S.W. Oleson Road, Portland. Free. Visit gardenhomelibrary.org. Ages 18 and older.

USED ART SUPPLIES SALE — Village Gallery of Arts hosts a gently used art supply sale, Sept. 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sept. 30, noon to 4 p.m. Pick up some great Gently Used Art Supplies, while supporting gallery improvement projects."Village Gallery of Arts, next door to Cedar Mill Library, Portland. Visit villagegalleryarts.org or call 503-644-8001.

HILLSBORO PAINTED — The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council and the Walters Cultural Arts Center will host the exhibition, "Hillsboro Painted." This is the culmination project by Dawning McGinnis, Hillsboro's inaugural Artist-in-Our-Community. Her community project will debut at First Tuesday Art Walk on Oct. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Walters.

FESTIVALS

ARTFEST — Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council presents ArtFest on the Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Live performances including music, storytelling and dance, art demos and hands-on activities, street magic and free popcorn. ArtFest is a free kick-off celebration to Hillsboro Arts Month and takes places during the downtown Hillsboro Farmers' Market. Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. Call 503-615-3497

FERMENTED — Beaverton City Library hosts the Fermentation Festival on Sunday, Sept. 23, 1 to 4 p.m. The Fermentation Festival is a celebration of all things fermented. Vendors will sample and sell fermented foods and beverages, including kimchi, kombucha, beer and cider, and fermenting masters will present how-to demonstrations. This is a family-friendly event, all ages are welcome. Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton. Visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.

LIBRARY EVENTS

Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road

TECH ASSISTANT — Need help with basic computer skills? Drop into the library for regular sessions with local tech assistants on Monday afternoons from 6 to 8 p.m., or call 503-259-0185 to reserve a longer appointment, up to one hour.

STORYTIME — Family story time takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. This is a weekly story time for toddlers and young children, and includes stories, songs, rhymes and activities geared towards getting kids interested in reading at an early age.

Cornelius Public Library, 1355 N. Barlow St.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME — Storytime for ages 3 to 6 takes place every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. Younger siblings are welcome. Come to the library for fun with books, stories, songs and rhymes.

SPANISH STORYTIME — The library offers children's story times in Spanish on Saturdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. The public is invited to spend the hour listening to stories and singing songs with the whole family. The story time is sponsored by the Friends of the Cornelius Public Library.

Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave.

WRITERS IN THE GROVE — A free writing workshop is offered for young people and adults on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. For writers with all levels of experience. For more information, call 503-992-3247.

Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

EVERYDAY ENGLISH — The library offers conversation groups for people of all language backgrounds who are learning English and want to practice and improve. The group meets Sundays at 3 p.m.

READ TO THE DOGS — Read to the Dogs is a program aimed at young readers who want to develop their reading skills and improve their confidence by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs and their handlers. The private 20-minute sessions take place at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library in the Storytime Room, Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Registration is required, call 503-615-6500.

CHESS CLUB — Monthly chess club group for ages 9 to 12 meets on Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. with chess boards provided.

INTERNATIONAL STORYTIME — Japanese language storytime is on every second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Marathi/Hindi storytime is on every third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Arabic language storytime is on every third Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Mandarin storytime is on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

North Plains Public Library, 31334 N.W. Commercial St.

BOOKS BABIES STORYTIME — Each Wednesday, meet for stories, songs, rhymes and finger-plays with volunteer Lauren for babies up to 12 months. Come meet other families with little ones and introduce baby to early literacy activities. 10 a.m. For information, call 503-647-5051.


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