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COURTESY PHOTO: MCMENAMINS/KATHLEEN NYBERG - Oktoberfest celebrations kick off at McMenamins Grand Lodge on Saturday, Oct. 6.


CELEBRATING ROUTE 6 — The Tillamook Forest Center is partnering with the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and the Art Accelerated Gallery for a yearlong celebration of Route 6. Artists of all skill levels are invited to paint, draw, write, compose or sculpt their impressions of autumn along the majestic Route 6 corridor on Saturday, Oct. 6. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Art Accelerated Gallery, located in downtown Tillamook at 1906 Third St. Followed by a gathering of artists at the Tillamook Forest Center at 10 a.m. There are many scenic views at the center for inspiration. The brand-new Forest Education Pavilion will be available for lunch. Live music will be provided. Attendees can gather at the close of the event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for a show-and-tell.

'WE THE PEOPLE' PANEL — On Friday, Oct. 5, three panelists will address Iraqi, Muslim, and Syrian immigrants in a panel discussion at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library as part of the "We the People" art exhibit, which includes artwork aimed to draw attention to ongoing humanitarian crises. During the panel discussion, artist Farooq Hassan, photographer Jim Lommasson, and Sankar Raman, founder of The Immigrant Story, will discuss how we can better understand crises through art and visual expression. This event will be moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Len Reed, formerly of The Oregonian and Los Angeles Times.

RUN OR WALK FOR SHELTER — On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m., beginning at Forest Grove High School, the West Washington County Community Coalition is hosting a 5k and 1-mile run or walk. All proceeds will go toward the Community Coalition and directly benefit programs that serve those experiencing social and economic hardship in Forest Grove and the surrounding area. For more information, visit

SALMON FESTIVAL — The annual celebration of all things salmon returns to Vernonia on Saturday, Oct. 6 with the Vernonia Salmon Festival at Hawkins Park. The festival is accessible from Bridge Street. Live music, hay rides, pumpkin carving, scarecrow stuffing and food vendors are planned between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

OKTOBERFEST — McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., is hosting a free Oktoberfest for all ages on Saturday, Oct. 6. Traditional German food and beer will be available for purchase. Live music at its Front Lawn, and Garage Door begin as early as 1 p.m. Face painting will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit


BEATLES TRIBUTE — Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band will play on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at McCready Hall of the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center at Pacific University in Forest Grove. The band creates a new sound, infusing the Fab Four's classics with bluegrass, jazz and a classical twist. Tickets are available at the Pacific University box office in the Rogers Building or by calling 503-352-2918. Additional discounts are available for current Pacific students, faculty and staff.

SKYBOUND BLUE — For its 2018-2019 concert series, The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., in Hillsboro presents a special concert performance and CD release by local Americana group Skybound Blue on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance or $20 the day of the performance.

BIGFOOT MOJO — On Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., bluegrass and vintage swing band Bigfoot Mojo will play at Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave. Free admission.

OREGON MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA — The Portland Community College Rock Creek music program continues its diverse series of short concerts/lectures in October and November in the Forum, Building 3, at the Rock Creek Campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road. Oregon Mandolin Orchestra is a two-dozen member orchestra playing mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass — all the varied voices of the mandolin instrument family. Acoustic guitars and upright string basses occasionally round out the mix. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9. This is free for PCC students. Parking is $2 (permits available at parking machines). The series is sponsored by a Beaverton Arts Program Community Grant. The series continues through 2019.


CAMERA CLUB — Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. up until May, the Forest Grove Camera Club meets at Valley Art Gallery at 2022 Main St. To join, contact Carol Berget at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost to join is $25 annual membership is $5 for students, $10 for associate memberships.

BANKS ART KIDS — Artist April Hoff will teach an after-school art program on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 3 to Dec. 12, at Banks Elementary School, and is open to kindergarten through 5th graders. Homeschoolers welcome. Projects include drawing, painting, pastel, sculpture, and printmaking with ample time to finish projects on-site. Classes cost $165 for full session, $95 five-weeks' worth of classes or $20 single class. To register, visit


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.

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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