Forest Grove High School musicians perform

The Forest Grove High School band, orchestra and three choirs will perform their last concert of the year at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. The program features holiday and seasonal selections. The orchestra and large choir together will perform portions of Handel’s “Messiah” with junior Becky Yakos soloing. Gift baskets with items for a night at the movies, a wine and chocolate picnic, a spa day, and bundling up in maroon and gold will be raffled at the concert to raise funds for the department. Donations are welcome. Family and friends are invited to the free concert at the high school auditorium, 1401 Nichols Lane, Forest Grove.

Gaston teens try Shakespeare

Student thespians at Gaston Junior/Senior High School will perform “Shakespeare on Trial,” written by Anthony Giordano, Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21. The play explores the relevance of the bard’s work to modern teenagers. Junior high students start the show with “Stocking Stuffers Too,” a series of short holiday skits. Showtime is 7:07 p.m. in the old gym, 306 Park Street. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, free for active members of the military.

Rock museum open through school break

In tribute to founders Richard and Helen Rice and to the home—now a museum—that they built 60 years ago, The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is decorated for Christmas through Dec. 29 with ornaments the couple collected during their world travels. Located at 26385 N.W. Groveland Drive in Hillsboro, the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through December. After 4 p.m., admission is reduced by $2 to $6 for adults, $4 for students.

The museum will be closed Christmas day. More information is available at and 503-647-2418.

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