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COURTESY PHOTO - Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' will perfom at Bag&Baggage's Vault Theater this month.


• MAMMA MIA! — Broadway Rose Theatre Company's summer production of "Mamma Mia" is in full swing. The show includes infectious music, an uplifting story and dazzling dance numbers. As wedding festivities commence on an idyllic Greek island, a young bride-to-be schemes to discover the identity of her father from among three men from her mother's past. The production features an eternally catchy score of ABBA chart-toppers. Parental guidance suggested. Performances take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 S.W. Durham Road in Tigard. Ticket costs range from $20 to $30. For more information, visit 503-620-5262.

• ROMEO AND JULIET — The Original Practice Shakespeare Festival will be performing "Romeo and Juliet" on the lawn behind the Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd., in Beaverton, on Saturday, July 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. This is a free event. There will be ADA parking. For more information, call 503-645-6433.

• AS YOU LIKE IT — Shakespeare's classic "As You Like It" gets the full Bag&Baggage treatment in the Hillsboro theater company's summer production. The play opens July 12 and runs through the end of the month. Bag&Baggage is digging deep into the literary history of the Bard's brilliant romantic comedy, combining Shakespeare's story of Rosalind and Orlando with the almost completely unknown adaptation from the 17th Century, Love In A Forest by Charles Johnson. The play has been "tidied up" and romantic entanglements are made even more entangled, resulting in a fresh, delightful new take on the charming Forest of Arden!


COURTESY PHOTO - Shute Park's summer concert series returns to downtown Hillsboro this month.• WRITERS FORUM — Deborah Kennedy, the author of "Tornado Weather," will give an author's forum Thursday, July 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Insomnia Coffee Company, 317 E. Main St. in Hillsboro. The cost of this event is $5. Kennedy's novel was released in July 2017 by Flatiron Books. The thriller tells the story of a missing girl and the town's complex and flawed cast of characters striving to bring her home.

• LEND AN EAR — Writers in the Grove will present its ninth annual authors' reading on Saturday, July 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is family-friendly and free to enter and to attend. The event takes place at Plum Hill Winery, 6505 S.W. Old Highway 47, in Gaston. For more information, call 503-992-3247.

• SHOWTIME AT SHUTE — Spread out a blanket and enjoy the sounds at Hillsboro's Shute Park this summer. The park's annual free "Showtime at Shute" summer music returns Thursdays in July and August. The series begins July 12, with music provided by Hit Machine from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Catch music ranging from salsa to soul to Elvis in the city's lush 13-acre park. This free event takes place at Shute Park at 750 S.E. Eighth Ave. in Hillsboro. For more information call 503-615-3419

• PAINTING CLASS — Watercolor with Jullane Rich, second and third Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Valley Art Association, 2022 Pacific Ave., in Forest Grove. Tickets are $30. Adults only. Register 503-324-5141 or 503-703-5884.


• FIRST TUESDAY — Come to the Hillsboro Art Walk the First Tuesday of each month. Downtown merchants come together to celebrate the arts and culture in our community and host refreshments, drinks, bring in local bands. Of course, art is on display. Best of all, the event is free. This event takes place on Tuesday, July 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Hillsboro at 203 E. Main St.

• FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN MIC — Open mic every Friday at Influence Music Hall, 135 S.E. Third Ave., in Hillsboro. Enjoy 1,200-square-feet of rock 'n' roll, jazz, pop, folk, political, spiritual, environmental, easy-listening, blues and punk from 6:30 to 10 p.m. All ages are welcome. Minors can stay until 9 p.m. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. and it works on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a free event. For more information, call 503-701-6859 or visit

• BARDS & BREWS — A monthly author event held the last Saturday of each month, Bards & Brews features two authors who will read from their latest books, be available for questions and sign autographs. This is a free event with food and beverages available for purchase. Autograph time is limited to books purchased the night of the event. This event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Primrose & Tumbleweeds, 248 E. Main St. in Hillsboro.


• AMERICAN LEGION POST 6 — The Hillsboro chapter of the Americna Legion, located at 285 W. Main St., will hold a free hot dog feed Wednesday, July 4 from 11 1:30 p.m. The Post is holding a potluck on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. before its 7:30 monthly meeting. For more call 503-648-7191 or visit

• DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS Chapter 7 — The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, located at 285 W. Main St., in Hillsboro, will hold its month;y meeting at 6 p.m., July 11. For more information, visit

• VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 2666 — Hillsboro's Veterans of Foreign Wars, located at 310 S.W. Walnut St., holds a weekly dinner every Thursday at 5 p.m. and a breakfast the first Saturday of the month. On July 7 the VFW will hold its monthly meeting. For more information visit


Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road

• STORYTIME — Family storytime takes place Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. This is a weekly story time for toddlers and young children, and includes stories, songs, rhymes and activities geared towards getting kids interested in reading at an early age.

Banks Public Library, 42461 N.W. Market St.

• PRESCHOOL STORYTIME — Storytime for ages 3 to 6 takes place 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 St.

• LEGOS — Join in Tuesdays and complete a weekly challenge with Legos. All ages welcome. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave. Forest Grove.

• WRITERS IN THE GROVE — A free writing workshop is offered with Writers in the Grove for young people and adults on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. For writers with all levels of experience. For more information, call 503-992-3247.

Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

• FUSION: NATURE AND NARRATIVE — Artists Martin Conley and Ed Labadie will hold a meet and greet session at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library on Sunday, July 8, from noon to 2 p.m. Conley's life-size sculptures in hardwood, pumice and metal, and Labadie's contemporary abstract watercolors, acrylics and oils collaborate to form "Fusion: Nature and Narrative." Viewers are offered celebrations of abstract forms, discoveries of subject matter, spatial depth and textures, with outstanding execution in their respective mediums. Labadie is a highly regarded art instructor and Conley is active in community art, serving on the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council.

• READ TO THE DOGS — Read to the Dogs is a program aimed at young readers who want to develop their reading skills and improve their confidence by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs and their handlers. The private 20-minute sessions take place at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library in the Storytime Room, Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Registration is required, call 503-615-6500.

• LEGO MY LIBRARY — Drop-in on the first Saturday of each month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and use your creativity to build whatever your imagination dreams up. There are Duplo blocks for children ages 3 to 5 and Legos for children ages 6 and older. No registration required.

Hillsboro Shute Park Library, 775 S.E. 10th Ave.

• WRITING LIFE SERIES AUTHOR PRESENTATION — Meditate or relax in a softly-lit environment with yoga mats, music and quiet time to center yourself and reset after a hard week of work. Bring your own mat. Supplies are limited. Every Friday, 5 to 6 p.m.

North Plains Public Library, 31334 N.W. Commercial St.

• FAMILY FUN NIGHT — The North Plains Public Library, 31334 N.W. Commercial St., hold a family event on the first Friday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The library will screen a family-rated movie and parents are welcome to take a quiet moment to read or checkout items while the movie is playing. Board games are available to play in the library. Popcorn and juice will be served and library officials encourage those children who to want to bring a blanket, pajamas and stuffed animals to do so. This is a free event. For more information, call 503-647-5051.

• BOOKS BABIES STORYTIME — Each Wednesday, meet for stories, songs, rhymes and finger-plays with volunteer Lauren for babies up to 12 months. Come meet other families with little ones and introduce baby to early literacy activities. 10 a.m. For information, call 503-647-5051.

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