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COURTESY PHOTO: VALLEY ART GALLERY - Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival has grown to be one of the most popular events in Washington County and has attracted new visitors to Forest Grove each year.

Activities

GLIMPSE INTO HISTORY — Washington County Museum presents Mark McCloskey, author of "A Glimpse into History," Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Come for a special evening of extended museum hours and conversation with McCloskey. "A Glimpse into History" revisits the words of prominent figures in Oregon's history who called for the conservation of nature.. $3-$5 and includes museum admission. 17677 N.W. Springville Road. Visit washingtoncountymuseum.org or call 503-645-5353.

STORY SLAM — "Story Slam: Welcoming Week Edition, New Horizons," Sept. 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Story Slam is a friendly, open-mic storytelling competition. Potential storytellers will put their names in a hat; names will be picked from the hat and those chosen will take to the stage to tell their true, personal, five- to eight-minute-long story. This program is free and open to the public; recommended for ages 13 and up. Potential storytellers should arrive 15 minutes early to speak with the event host about their planned story. Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St. Free. Visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.

LOVE FOR BOOKS — Books and Brews, Sept. 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Read any novel from the following list, then meet up in the Annex for an evening of coffee, beer and bibliophiles. "Chemistry" by Weike Wang, "Stay with Me" by Ayobami Adebayo, "There There" by Tommy Orange, "Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid, "Home Fire" by Kamila Shamsie, "Freshwater" by Akwaeke Emezi, "Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward, "Convenience Store Woman" by Sayaka Murata, "The Friend by Sigrid Nunez." Garden Home Community Library Annex, 7306 S.W. Oleson Road. Free. Visit gardenhomelibrary.org. Ages 21 and older.

SOMALI CULTURE — Beaverton City Library hosts "A Night with Somalis," on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Increase your understanding, learn about the Somali culture, enjoy a fashion show, eat, meet new friends and have loads of fun. Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St. Free. Visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.

NETWORKING EVENT — American Association of University Women's Hillsboro/Forest Grove chapter is hosting its fall member and guest event on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Coyote's Bar and Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, in Hillsboro.  This will be an opportunity to meet new friends and branch members. Learn about the AAUW Branch activities opportunities and connect with vibrant women in our community. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

Music

TED TALK — Forest Grove City Library makes Time Out for TED Talks, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. Come for an hour of coffee and conversation over a stimulating TED Talk broadcast. This month, "How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds everyday" with Tristan Harris. Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave. Free. Call 503-992-3248. Adults only.

UKULELE JAM — Ukulele Jam Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to noon. Learn, practice and play in a relaxed and welcoming space. A small selection of instruments is available for use on a first-come basis; if you own your own ukulele please bring it to the jam. Garden Home Community Library, 7475 S.W. Oleson Road. Free. Visit gardenhomelibrary.org. For adults.

BILINGUAL FOLK SONGS — Learn English/Spanish thru the Arts hosts bilingual folk songs and sing-alongs for all ages each third Thursday of the month, 2 to 4 p.m., with director and folk singer Cyndi Turtledove. All acoustic instruments welcome. Woodland Park Apartments, 280 S.E. 12th Ave., Apt. A-102, in Hillsboro. Free. Call 503-617-6986 or visit lesta.net. All ages, best for ages 5 and older.

CONCERT SERIES KICK OFF — Luz Elena Mendoza performs Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center. Latin folk singer and songwriter Mendoza was the original frontwoman of Y La Bamba, her bluegrass folk vocals are rooted in Mexican tradition. Her latest album, Ojos del Sol, is a sweeping, playful, and vulnerable collection that's ripe with both musical and personal discovery. Walters Cultural Arts Center is located at 527 E. Main St., in downtown Hillsboro. $15-$20. Visit hillsboro-oregon.gov/Walters or call 503-615-3485.

OPEN MIC — Friday nights are open mic from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Influence Music Hall and Gallery in Hillsboro, 135 S.E. Third Ave. Sign up starts at 7 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Minors are allowed until 9 p.m. Play for an audience or hear local talent. Call 503-701-6859 for information.

Theater

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK — Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre presents "Barefoot in the Park," a play written by Neil Simon about a newlywed couple facing ups and downs after they move to New York City. Tickets can be purchased on its website, or at the door of the show. Showtimes include Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Sept. 7th to 23rd.

TEA FOR THREE — STAGES presents "Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty," Sept. 14, 15 and 16 at The Vault Theatre, 350 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Friday showtimes at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. Hillsboro's STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy is bringing back by popular demand this play written by Emmy award winning actress Elaine Bromka and writer Eric Weinberger. $15. Visit stagesyouth.org.

Art

ACRYLIC WORKSHOP — September Skies, a workshop with artist Jennifer Rose Harlow Smith, will be held on Sept. 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Smith, from Blue Plume Studio, returns with another workshop to guide painters in creating "September Skies" using acrylic on canvas. No experience necessary. Supplies provided. Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road, Suite 26A. Free. Registration required. Visit alohalibrary.org or call 503-259-0185. Ages 12 and older.

CRAFTERNOON — Come every second Thursday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. to try out a new crafting skill at one of these Crafternoon workshops. Learn about decoupage, printmaking, paper arts and more with like-minded crafters. Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road, Suite 26A. Free. Visit alohalibrary.org or call 503-259-0185. Ages 11 and older.

SILK PAINTING — Introduction to Silk Painting with Cheryl Cameron, Sept. 16, noon to 5 p.m. Silk painting introduction using the serti technique. You will paint a handkerchief to start and then a scarf. All supplies included. Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro. $80. Visit sequoiagallerystudios.org. Age 15 and older, younger than 15 with adult.

TRADITIONAL DANCE — Beaverton City Library hosts an Aztec Chichimeca dance workshop Sept. 16, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Explore traditional dances from Mexico with Hueca Omeyocan. Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St. Free. Visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP — Paint watercolor with Yong Hong Zhong, Sept. 21, 22 and 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sequoia Gallery + Studios. Go from thumbnail sketches to watercolor completion with accomplished Portland artist, Yong Hong Zhong. Located at Sequoia Gallery + Studios, 136 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro. $300. Visit sequoiagallerystudios.org.

Festivals

EL GRITO COMMUNITY FESTIVAL — Centro Cultural de Washington County and the City of Hillsboro are holding the El Grito Community Festival at Hillsboro's Shute Park on Sat., Sept. 15 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free community celebration features live music, activities, Latino culture, food stands, interactive booths, and a traditional El Grito de la Independencia ceremony. 

CORN ROAST AND FALL FESTIVAL — The 54th annual Corn Roast and Fall Festival returns to the downtown Forest Grove from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Celebrate the town with arts and crafts, games, music and activities for all ages.

SIDEWALK CHALK ART FESTIVAL — Create your own sidewalk art during the 28th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival in Forest Grove on Saturday, Sept. 15. Pre-registration to participate will be Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Valley Art Gallery, 2022 Main St., in Forest Grove. The cost is $7 for Valley Art Members, $12 for non-members, and includes a tray of chalk and a square of downtown Forest Grove sidewalk for the day. For more information, contact Roylene Read, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-357-0311.

HARVEST FESTIVAL — Tigard Historical Association presents its annual Apple Harvest Festival, Sept. 15, 1 to 4 p.m. at the 1880 John Tigard House, located on the corner of 103rd and Canterbury Lane in Tigard. Fun old-fashioned games and toys will be on hand. The popular antique apple press and apple peeler of yesteryear will be available for the children to make cider and peel apples. Have your photo taken in period costume in our old-time photo studio. Apple pie will be served with whipped cream and is available at the old-fashioned price of 50 cents per slice. Free admission, donations welcomed. Visit tigardhistorical.org or call 503-747-9856.

CIDER FESTIVAL — Cedar Mill Historical Society hosts the Cedar Mill Cider Festival on Sunday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Watch Troop 208 turn the antique cider presses and enjoy free fresh cider. Live music from Lauren Sheehan & Friends and lunch from Retrolicious. Discover Cedar Mill history. JQA Young House Park, 119th & Cornell. Free. Visit cedarmillhistory.org/ciderfestival for more information.

Library Events

Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road

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

STORYTIME — Family story time takes place Mondays and 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.

Cornelius Public Library, 1355 N. Barlow 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.

SPANISH STORYTIME — The library offers children's story times 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 story time is sponsored by the Friends of the Cornelius Public Library.

Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave.

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.

Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

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.

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.

FABRIC AND FIBERS — Work on fabric and fiber projects with other crafters from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sept 8. Learn from other knitters, crocheters, sewers and more. Bring your own projects, or basic supplies and equipment are provided.

CHESS CLUB — Monthly chess club group for ages 9 to 12 meets on Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. with chess boards provided.

INTERNATIONAL STORYTIME — Japanese language storytime is on every second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Marathi/Hindi storytime is on every third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Arabic language storytime is on every third Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Mandarin storytime is on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

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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