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More than 50 Yamhill County authors are represented in the new book; ceremony set for Thursday

The Paper Gardens writing contest celebrates its 25th year with an award ceremony and book release event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the ballroom at the Chehalem Community Center, 415 E. Sheridan St.

The judges for the annual Yamhill County creative writing contest and publication will introduce more than 50 local authors - children, youth and adults - who will share their winning poetry and prose.

The judge for 2018 are authors Barbara Drake for poetry and Lisa Ohlen Harris for prose. Each winning writer will receive a copy of the Paper Gardens 2018 book. Books will also be for sale at the Celebration and afterwards at Chapters Books in Newberg.

As part of the contest's silver anniversary, a retrospective exhibit will be on display at the Chehalem Cultural Center through June 1st.

"We hope people who have been involved or are interested in writing will stop by to see the exhibit and/or join us for the Celebration on May 3," coordinator Deborah Weiner said in an email.

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Arts & Leisure briefs

Amanda Richards performs at Historic Butteville Store

Historic Butteville Store will present Amanda Richards, singer and songwriter, at 7 p.m. Saturday at 10767 Butte St. Tickets are $20 and reservations are recommended.

For more information, call 503-678-1605 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oil and cold wax painting workshop set at Chehalem Cultural Center

Learn to mix and use oil and wax at a two-week workshop starting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St. The workshop is for ages 18 and over and will be led by instructor Lynne Wintermute. The course fee is $180.

For more information, call 503-487-6883.

Veritas choir to perform on Friday at the Coffee Cottage in Newberg

The Veritas student choir is performing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Coffee Cottage, 808 E. Hancock St. The choir group features students in grades 3-12.

For more information, call 503-538-5126.

Myths of Samurai baseball talk at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – Christopher Keaveney, professor of Japanese at Linfield College, will present a talk, "Reckoning with the Myths of Samurai Baseball: Japan's National Pastime in Literature, Film and Manga" at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Fred Meyer Lounge at Riley Hall, 900 S.E. Baker St.

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Opera and musical theatre workshop on tap Sunday at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE – A performance-workshop is slated at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Linfield College's Melrose Hall. Students will present fully-staged scenes from operatic offerings from Mozart, Mascagni, Bernstein and more.

For more information, call 503-883-2275.

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