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COURTESY PHOTO - The Showtime at Shute concert series kicks off this week with a performance by Hit Machine on July 12.


SHELF LIFE When a popular author is murdered during an event at the Shelf Life Bookstore, sibling co-owners Adam and Cora Vance team up with local reporter Maggie Gloss to find the killer before news of the murder gets out and their ailing store is closed forever. "Shelf Life" will be performed Saturday, July 14, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Hillsboro Artists Regional Theatre, 185 S.W. Washington St., in downtown Hillsboro. Tickets range in price from $12 to $16. For more information, call 503-693-7815.

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. The show runs through July 22. For more information, visit 503-620-5262.


BOOK SIGNING Gary Corbin, author of "The Mountain Man's Badge" will be visiting Jan's Paperbacks on Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign copies of his latest release. All are welcome. This is a free event. Jan's Paperbacks is located at 18095 S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha. For more information, call 503-649-3444.

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.


VILLAGE WITHOUT WALLS Village Without Walls are hosting several events over the next few weeks. The group will have a booth at Celebrate Hillsboro on July 21. The one-day summer festival includes live music, arts and crafts, free health screenings, eco-friendly activities and the Hillsboro Farmers' Market. On Friday, July 27, the group will host a social at BJ's Coffee from 10 a.m. until noon, 2834 Pacific Ave., in Forest Grove. On Saturday, July 28, the group will host an info session to discuss the Village Movement and how to help older adults stay in their homes and neighborhoods. That event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit, for the location.

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.


DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS Chapter 7 The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, located at 285 W. Main St., in Hillsboro, will hold its monthly 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 13 the VFW will hold its monthly meeting. For more information visit


Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road

STORYTIME Family storytime takes place Mondays 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.

TECH ASSISTANT Need help with basic computer skills? Drop into the library for regular sessions with local tech assistants on Monday afternoons from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., or call 503-259-0185 to reserve a longer appointment, up to one hour.

BOOK CLUB Swing by the library on Monday, July 16, to discuss the library book club's next novel, "Commonwealth" by Ann Patchett. The book club meets monthly from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

SIT 'N STITCH Bring your kitting, crochet or other yarn project to the library on July 19 and July 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for the library's Sit 'N Stitch group. Members trade tips and enjoy the company of fellow crafters. No registration necessary.

NATHALIA PALIS Children's songwriter Nathalia Palis' musical stylings use a bilingual approach to engage families and explore themes like space exploration and the Amazon River. Palis will pay at the library on Tuesday, July 24 at 11 a.m.

LEGOS Children and teens are invited to spend the afternoon in a free-play session with Legos and Duplos at the library from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 25. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

DULCIMER Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang, creators of Hearts of the Dulcimer, will teach a workshop about the dulcimer on Wednesday, July 25. Ages 12 and older. No prior musical experience is necessary. Space is limited, so call or visit the library to register prior to July 18.

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

AARON NIGEL SMITH As part of the library's Summer Reading program, singer Aaron Nigel Smith will be at the library to perform children's music at Thursday, July 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. Smith is an award winning musician, and the public is invited to dance along to his family-friendly reggae, folk and funky songs.

Cornelius Public Library, 1355 N. Barlow St.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME From 10:15 to 11 a.m. every Friday, join the library's professional storytellers for stories, rhymes and songs. The library brings in quest storytellers the first Friday of each month.

SPANISH STORYTIME — The library offers children's storytimes in Spanish on Saturdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. The public is invited to spend the hour listening to stories and singing songs with the whole family. The storytime is sponsored by the Friends of the Cornelius Public Library

MO PHILLIPS On Wednesday, July 25, the library will host Mo Phillips and his super-interactive rock 'n' roll show. Phillips' shows encourage children to create music and have a good time by singings and clapping along in the silliest of ways.

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

WRITERS IN THE GROVE A free writing workshop is offered 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.

FAMILY STORYTIME Join librarians every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. for songs and stories. All ages are welcome.

BOOK CLUB The Forest Grove Library Book Group meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome. This month, the book group will meet July 11 to discuss Tery Pratchett's novel "Dodger." August's book of the month has not yet been decided.

SUMMER READING PRORAMS The library offers summer reading programs for kids, teens and tweens every week. Tween programs are Mondays at 2 p.m. Kids summer programs are every Thursday at 11 a.m. and select Tuesday afternoons and evenings. Teen programs are Thursdays at 2 p.m. Visit the library's website for a list of weekly activities for each age group.

Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

SLOW CORRESPONDENCE "Slow Correspondence, The Art of the Handwritten Letter" takes place Sunday, July 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. Learn the art of handwritten correspondence, including letters, cards. Writing a compliments to someone can be easy, personal and beautiful. This event is appropriate for adults and youth ages 10 and older. This is a free event. For more information, call 503-615-6500.

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.

MORNING BOOK CLUB The Brookwood Library Community Room hosts a book club the second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. The book group discusses books of many different genres. This month's selection is "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" by Anna Quindlen.

STORYTIME ROCKS Join Pete the Cat in a family-friendly storytime at 10:15 a.m.,, Thursday, July 12. The storytime features plenty of stories, songs, rhymes and Pete the Cat-themed activities. For ages 3 through 6.

COLORING DRAWING AND SKETCHING Explore the therapeutic art of coloring and drawing at the library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 12.

DNA EXTRACTION LAB Learn the science of cellular life and learn to extract DNA from house objects at 4 p.m., Friday, July 13. The event is for children age 9 to 12.

LIBRARY TOUR Find out what goes on behind the scenes at the Brookwood library at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14. The tour is geared toward the interest of the tour group. Participants are asked to meet by the library's front door.

CALLIGRAPHY CLASS Register now for a two-hour calligraphy workshop with David Grimes from the Portland Society for Calligraphy on Saturday, July 14. All supplies are provided.

EVERYDAY ENGLISH The library offers conversation groups for people of all language backgrounds who are learning English and want to practice and improve. The group meets Sundays at 3 p.m.

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

TEEN SCENE The last Wednesday of the month is Shute Park's Anime and Manga Club. The group meets in the teen area from 3 to 4 p.m.

FUN FOR ONES The Shute Park library offers unstructured playtime for toddlers from 10:15 to 11 a.m., July 17. Sessions are limited to 25 children and their caregivers. Babies and their grownups are invited to share nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs, and a simple book while making new friends and developing early literacy skills. Includes unstructured playtime.

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

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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