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A listing of events and activities happening this week and next in the western Washington County area

COMMUNITY

IT'S SHOWTIME — Showtime at Shute concert series continues on Thursday, July 13, with the Oregon Symphonic Band. 6 p.m. Shute Park, Hillsboro. Free. On Thursday, July 20: Orquestra Pacifico Tropical.

FARM TO TABLE — July 14, 6 to 8 p.m. Dine outdoors on Main Street in Hillsboro with food prepared by local eateries. Tickets: $75 at www.hillsborofarmtotable.com.

AFTER PARTY — The party after the July 14 Hillsboro Farm to Table event is free to all and open to all ages, with breweries and wineries on hand for pours and tastings, live music hosted by Pizzario and family lawn games hosted by Hillsboro Parks & Recreation.

CELEBRATE HILLSBORO — Day-long family friendly event. Music, food, activities. Downtown Hillsboro. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

CONCOURS — Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance takes place Sunday, July 16, on the campus of Pacific University. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets and information: www.forestgroveconcours.org.

GARDEN CALENDAR

WATERWISE — Learn about dry waterwise gardening in the Northwest. A wide variety of landscape plants can thrive in the Willamette Valley's climate with little or no water once they are established. Learn about reducing water needs of conventional plants and creating a low-water garden. Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate, 8005 S.W. Grabhorn, Beaverton.

HERBS GALORE — Learn herb selection, best soil conditions and locations to create and maintain a bountiful and beautiful herb garden. Free event, free parking, no registration needed. Thursday, July 27 at 10 a.m. Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate, 8005 S.W. Grabhorn, Beaverton.

VETERANS' EVENTS

AMERICAN LEGION — No meetings in July. Every Saturday: Hillsboro Farmer's Market — flags and information. www.Hillsboropost6.org.

VFW — July 14: Meeting, 7 p.m. Every Thursday: 5 p.m. dinner, $7. 310 S.W. Walnut St., Hillsboro. www.vfw2666.org.

THEATER

ADDAMS FAMILY — Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents "The Addams Family," a kooky, spooky Broadway musical. Performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Deb Fennell Auditorium, Tigard High School, through July 23. Tickets: www.broadwayrose.org.

PLAY — HART Theatre presents "36 Perfectly Appropriate Mealtime Conversations," written by Brianna Barrett and directed by Carl Dahlquist. This modern and funny play was overwhelmingly chosen as the favorite submission for Page to Stage V. As the title suggests, the play is a collection of amusing vignettes that take place in restaurants amongst friends. Shows through July 23. More: www.hart-theatre.org.

ROMEO & JULIET — In this world premiere adaptation, Bag&Baggage Productions fuses the romantic, haunting poetry of Nizami's "Layla & Majnun" into Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet," re-imagining the Bard's tragic lovers in ancient Iran during the time of Emperor Constantine. July 20-Aug. 5, performed at Hillsboro's Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza, 150 E. Main St. Tickets: $20 at www.bagnbaggage.org.

SAVE THE DATE

FUNDRAISER — St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church will hold a dinner to raise funds for the new multi-purpose building in support of St. Vincent de Paul. The dinner will be held Saturday, July 22, at 6 p.m., at Unger Farm Store in Cornelius. Tickets: $100 per person, available online at www.eventbrite.com.

RAISE A GLASS — A fundraiser for the Banks Library Jane Moore Community Room will take place Saturday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Quail Valley Golf Course. Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table. More: www.CityofBanks.org.

LIBRARY EVENTS

Aloha Community Library

17455 S.W. Farmington Road, 26A

HABITAT — Elena Uhing will speak about Willamette West Habitat for Humanity's work fostering home ownership by building affordable housing with a neighborhood emphasis in Aloha as well as the rest of Washington County. Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.

WISE WATER USE — Interested in learning about how to use water wisely this summer? Conservation Technician Steve Carper from Tualatin Valley Water District will share tips on conserving indoor and outdoor water use at your home or business. Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.

Banks Public Library

42461 N.W. Market St.

VENTRILOQUIST — Vikki Gasko Green performs her one-woman ventriloquism show Thursday, July 13, at 2 p.m. Her family friendly show features puppets, stories and fun.

BUILDING FUN — Explore different methods of construction and deconstruction. Fun for the whole family. Thursday, July 20, 2 p.m., at Schlegel Hall at Sunset Park.

Cornelius Public Library

1355 N. Barlow

CREATURE TEACHERS — The creature teachers bring the wild to the library with their assortment of scaly, feathery and furry exotic animals. Stay afterward for an animal meet and greet. Wednesday, July 12, 3 p.m.

REWILD — Learn how to rub sticks together to make a fire, and how to make the most ancient stone tools known to humanity. These skills will connect everyone to our past, teach us about who we are and where we came from, and provide knowledge that could help us in the future. Tuesday, July 18, 2 p.m.

STORYTELLER — Rick Huddle combines physical humor, theatrical storytelling and music to put on variety shows that go beyond mere entertainment. Wednesday, July 19, 3 p.m.

UPCYCLE CRAFTS — Learn to upcycle everyday items found in our homes to repurpose them and extend their life. Supplies will be provided, you bring in your creativity. Tuesday, July 25, 2 p.m.

Forest Grove Library

2114 Pacific Ave.

ESCAPE ROOM — Solve the clues to leave the room. Teen event. Thursday, July 13, at 2 p.m.

LIBRARIAN CHAT — Bring questions about technology, genealogy or anything you need help with. A reference librarian will be on hand to assist you one-on-one. Monday, July 17, 10:15 a.m.

ESCAPE ROOM — Solve the clues to leave the room. Tween event. Monday, July 17, at 2 p.m.

LIFE-SIZE CLUE — Join in a big game of Clue. Teen event. Thursday, July 20, 2 p.m.

Hillsboro Brookwood Library

2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

CONVERSATIONS — Join the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project about homelessness in our community. Join storyteller Ryan Stroud to share your stories and learn about the experiences

of others. Sunday, July 16, 1 p.m.

PHOTO DISPLAY — Longtime Hillsboro Argus photographer Michal Thompson displays a retrospective of his 33 years at the newspaper. July and August. Upstairs gallery.

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