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COURTESY PHOTO: THE WALTERS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER -  Local Americana group and married duo Skybound Blue will perform in Hillsboro on Friday, Oct. 5.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

AGRICULTURE — Washington County Museum presents "AgriCulture" with an opening reception on 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 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.

HARVEST OPEN HOUSE — Green Grove Cohousing Community, the only cohousing community in western Washington County, will be hosting an open house from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. The drop-in event will include informational tours, a live bluegrass jam, refreshments, and children's crafts and apple juice pressing. Green Grove Cohousing Community is located at 3351 N.W. Thatcher Road in Forest Grove. The address was recently changed to 3900 Coho Circle, but most GPS devices will still default to the former address.

WILSON RIVER CLEANUP — Join the Oregon Department of Forestry for a cleanup along the banks of the beautiful Wilson River. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Smith Homestead Day Use Area on Saturday, Sept. 29. This is a very popular destination for year-round visitors looking to spend time fishing, hiking, relaxing and swimming in the Wilson River. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring water. Cleanup supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Sign up at solveoregon.org.

CELEBRATING ROUTE 6 — The Tillamook Forest Center is partnering with the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and the Art Accelerated Gallery for a yearlong celebration of Route 6. Artists of all skill levels are invited to paint, draw, write, make music or sculpt about their impressions of autumn along the majestic Route 6 corridor on Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Art Accelerated Gallery, located in downtown Tillamook, 1906 Third St. Artist will then gather at the Tillamook Forest Center at 10 a.m. There are many scenic views at the center for inspiration. The brand new Forest Education Pavilion will be available for lunch. Live music will be provided. Attendees can gather at the close of the event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for a show-and-tell. Visit the Route 6 Facebook page for event details at facebook.com/ArtAccelerated2015.

'WE THE PEOPLE' PANEL — On Friday, Oct. 5, three panelists will address Iraqi, Muslim, and Syrian immigrants in a panel discussion at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library as part of the "We the People" exhibit, which includes three exhibits aimed at drawing attention to ongoing humanitarian crises. During the panel discussion, artist Farooq Hassan, photographer Jim Lommasson, and Sankar Raman, founder of The Immigrant Story, will discuss how we can better understand crises through art and visual expression. This event will be moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Len Reed, formerly of The Oregonian and Los Angeles Times.

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 surrounding area. For more information, visit wwccoalition.org.

MUSIC

BEATLES TRIBUTE — Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band will play on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at McCready Hall of the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center at Pacific University in Forest Grove. The band creates a new sound, infusing the Fab Four's classics with bluegrass, jazz and a classical twist. Tickets are available at the Pacific University box office in the Rogers Building or by calling 502-352-2918. Additional discounts are available for current Pacific students, faculty and staff.

SKYBOUND BLUE — For its 2018-2019 concert series, The Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, presents a special concert performance and CD release by local Americana group Skybound Blue on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance or $20 the day of the performance.

BIGFOOT MOJO — On Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m., bluegrass and vintage swing band Bigfoot Mojo will play at Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave. Free admission.

OREGON MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA — The Portland Community College Rock Creek music program continues its diverse series of short concerts/lectures in October and November in the Forum, Building 3, at the Rock Creek Campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road. Oregon Mandolin Orchestra is a two-dozen member orchestra plays mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass – all the varied voices of the mandolin instrument family. Acoustic guitars and upright string basses occasionally round out the mix. The show begins at 7:30 p.m on Tuesday, Oct. 9. This is free for PCC students. Parking is $2 (permits available at parking machines). The series is sponsored by a Beaverton Arts Program Community Grant. The series continues through 2019.

ART

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. 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.

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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