There's something for everyone at these free events happening soon in western Washington County.

Art Affair happens this weekend

Chehalem Mountain Pottery will present the 2017 Art Affair, a juried show of local artists on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., both days.

See local work from photographers, jewelry and fabrics artists, encaustic painters, metal workers, ceramics and more. Music, food and winetasting.

The events takes place at 19438 Neugebauer Road, Hillsboro — near the community of Scholls.

Cities host Night Out Against Crime

Cornelius will hold a citywide National Night Out Against Crime event on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event is free and will be held at Harleman Park at 10th and Heather Street.

There will be a dunk tank, fire and police apparatus to check out, police dogs to meet, a fly-in by the Life Flight helicopter, free hot dogs and drinks, and other goodies from vendors.

In Forest Grove, the Forest Grove Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee will host a free celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pacific University's Marsh West lawn.

Live music, children's activities, a rock climbing wall, giveaways, raffles, food and ice cream.

Conversations with Writers hosts Oates

The Conversations with Writers group will host David Oates on Monday, July 31, to speak on "Writing in a Dark Time: Getting Past the Rant."

"We find ourselves at a moment of historical darkness, as forces of reaction and hatred take over our politics and national identity," Oates said.

He asks how we will face the question of darkness together; how we can forge a creative bond; and most important, find our true, loving, creative voice under these conditions.

The talk is free and open to the public. It takes place at 7 p.m., Monday, July 31, at Reedville Presbyterian Church, 2785 S.W. 209th Ave., in Aloha.

 Since 1989, Oates has published several books, including "City Limits: Walking Portland's Boundary," "Earth Rising: Ecological Belief in an Age of Science," and "Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature."

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