Find fun events and things to do in western Washington County this week and next.


STARCATCHER — Theatre in the Grove presents "Peter and the Starcatcher," through Oct. 15. Learn the story about how an orphaned boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. Tickets: $14-$16. Performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. More:


BENEFIT — Fall Elegance, the fourth annual benefit dinner and auction for the Hillsboro Community Senior Center will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the center, 750 S.E. Eighth Ave. Tickets: $65 per person. Call 503-615-1090 to purchase.

FOOD AND FUN — A Framer's Touch will hold a special event for food and drink lovers from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7. Sample new products featuring local companies. Wines, tea, drinking chocolate, sweet treats and savory tastes. 1920 21st Ave., Forest Grove.

FLAG DISPOSAL — The American Legion will hold the annual Forest Grove community flag disposal ceremony on Saturday Oct. 7, at 10 a.m., in the city parking lot between Council and Ash streets, across  from the fire station. Old, worn or otherwise unserviceable U. S. flags will be given an honorable disposal ritual. Flags may be left at The American Legion building (21st & Main Street) or brought to the service for disposal. New commercial grade American made flags may be purchased on site or through The American Legion local Post. Local Boy Scout, Cub Scout and other youth programs are invited to participate. For more information, call Jim Craigg, 503-357-3660.

OKTOBERFEST — McMenamins Grand Lodge celebrates on Saturday, Oct. 7. Music begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. at various locations on the campus. More:

OPEN HOUSE — Public Safety Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Forest Grove Fire Station, 1919 Ash St. Fire station tours, fire engine rides, equipment demos. The public is invited to attend.


AMERICAN LEGION — 285 W. Main St. Oct. 10: Potluck and monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21: Oktoberfest Dinner, 6 p.m .$6.

DAV — 285 W. Main St. Oct. 11: Potluck and monthly meeting, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23: Annual visit of department Commander, 1:30 p.m. at Lovegren home.

VFW — 310 West Walnut St. Oct. 13: Monthly meeting. Every Thursday: Dinner, 5 p.m.



FOREST CENTER — The Tillamook Forest Center has some fun fall programs in store: The Mysterious Mushrooms program will be led by State Park Ranger Dane Osis on Oct. 15. Attend a naturalist-led Rainforest Walk on Nov. 4. On Nov. 18 and 19, attend two annual favorites — the Chinook Salmon Release and Holiday Wreath Making. Registration is required and space is limited for some programs. More:

DRIVER COURSE — AARP will offer a motorist refresher course for drivers age 50 and over on Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Tuality Health Education Center, 334 S.E. Eighth Ave., Hillsboro. $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Call 503-708-0050 to enroll.

GENEALOGY — The Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon will hold its monthly meeting from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 21, at Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway. Featured speaker Hannah Allan will talk about "Bury the Dead, Not the Living: Organizing Your Records." The event is free and open to the public.

MAYOR'S DINNER — Forest Grove Senior and Community Center presents "Once Upon Our Time," the mayor's dinner and auction. 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at FGSCC, 2037 Douglas St. Tickets: $40 per person. 503-357-2021.


Banks Public Library

42461 N.W. Market St.

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

Cornelius Public Library

1355 N. Barlow

TEEN WEEK — Stop by the library between Oct. 8 and 14 and help celebrate the library's 105th anniversary by telling us what you love about the library and what you would like to see in the new library. Teens will get a free book (while supplies last).

Forest Grove Library

2114 Pacific Ave.

AVOID SCAMS — Forest Grove Police Community Outreach Specialist Lauren Quinsland will present a workshop on how to avoid being a victim of scams. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m.

FINNISH FOLK — Vellamo, a folk duo from Kokkola, Finland, combines the rich tradition of Finnish folksong with original compositions and traditional songs from the Finnish, Swedish and English folk song traditions. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.

WRITING WORKSHOP — Free writing workshop with Writers in the Grove. For writers with all levels of experience. Saturday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m.

TED TALKS — Listen and discuss Three Principles for Creating Safer AI with Stuart Russell. Saturday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m.

Hillsboro Brookwood Library

2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

FILM — View "A Better Life." A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while giving him opportunities he never had. Thursday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

BOOK DISCUSSION — Hillsboro Reads with Mayor Steve Callaway. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m. Book discussion led by Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway, at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, 4045 N.W. Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro. Discuss the Hillsboro Reads book, "The Other Wes Moore."

DISCUSSION — "Privilege, Bias, and Opportunity." Friday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m. A discussion presented by Det. Lee Gilbert of the Hillsboro Police Department for Hillsboro Reads. Presentation will be held at the Civic Center Auditorium, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro.

Shute Park Library

775 SE 10th Ave.

RRR Art — A monthly open-ended art project for children ages 8 and over accompanied by an adult. Monday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m. Wind Chimes: use recycled materials to create something beautiful for your garden or patio. Register online or at the library.

North Plains Library

31334 N.W. Commercial St.

FRIDAY FLICK — View "Ice Age: Collision Course." (Rated PG) Movie for the whole family at Jessie Mays Community Center. Friday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m.

MAYOR STORYTIME — Meet Mayor Teri Lenahan at story time on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.

SUPER SATURDAY — Join Penny and her puppets for "Animals Build It!" Find out what it's like to build like a bee, a bird or a beaver. Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m., at Jessie Mays Community Center.

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