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PHOTO COURTESY: PACIFIC UNIVERSITY - Pacific University Theatre's fall production, 'Silent Sky' runs at Pacific's Forest Grove Campus on Oct. 18 to 21.

MOVIES

CASPER — Sherwood Center for the Arts Family Flix Series presents "Casper" at 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18. Come dressed in your spooky best and enjoy this family film, just in time for Halloween. PG. Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., Sherwood. $3. Visit sherwoodcenterforthearts.org or call 503-625-4478.

THE 11TH HOUR — Hillsboro Shute Park Library screens "The 11th Hour" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as world-renowned political figures, scientists, scholars and leaders, the documentary discusses pressing issues facing today's world. Documentary, 2007, PG. Hillsboro Shute Park Library, 775 S.E. 10th Ave., Hillsboro. Free. Visit hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/library or call 503-615-6500.

SILENT FILM — Silent Movie Night with Buster Keaton, a fundraiser for STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy, will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Buster Keaton's silent masterpiece, "The General," will be accompanied by cellist Gideon Freudmann. Hillsboro Masonic Lodge, 172 N.E. Second Ave., Hillsboro.

THEATER

SILENT SKY — Strong, steadfast women take center stage in Pacific University Theatre's fall production, "Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson, which runs at Pacific's Forest Grove Campus from Thursday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, Oct. 21. "Silent Sky" explores the life and career of Henrietta Leavitt, a human computer at the Harvard College Observatory in the early 1900s. Based on a true story, the play begins with Henrietta's decision to join Edward Pickering's team of women computers in studying the stars. General admission is $8, and $5 for Pacific University students, employees and alumni. More information is available at pacific.edu/theatretickets.

EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL — Theatre in the Grove presents "Evil Dead: The Musical," beginning on Friday, Oct. 19 at 2028 Pacific Ave., in Forest Grove. The show runs until Nov. 4. Evening performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and for youth 17 and younger. Box office is open one hour before each performance.

DEATHTRAP — Bag&Baggage Productions present "Deathtrap" by Ira Levin, a classic, thriller known for its Broadway history. Tickets on sale at Bag&Baggage's website and cost $32 for adults and $27 for students and seniors. Performances run until Wednesday, Oct. 31, with the auditorium opening 45 minutes before the curtain.

STUDENT PERFORMANCE — Voices for the Performing Arts Foundation presents "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.," Friday, Oct. 19 through Saturday, Oct. 27, Fridays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. Students in grades four to 12 sing and dance and bring the best-selling book series to life. Stanley folds his way around the world with his flat-tastic hijinks. In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley is stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood and France to Honolulu and beyond. Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., Sherwood. $10-12. Visit vpafoundation.org.

ELLA ENCHANTED — Oregon Children's Theatre presents "Ella Enchanted," Oct. 20 to Nov. 18, with show times Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. At birth, Ella was enchanted by a foolish fairy's spell: the "gift" of obedience. At 15, Ella sets out on a quest to reverse the spell and break the curse. Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland. $15-$34. Visit octc.org. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

MUSIC

BLUES BAND — Ben Rice and his blues band perform from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Hillsboro Shute Park Library, 775 S.E. 10th Ave., Hillsboro. Free. Visit hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/library or call 503-615-6500. All ages.

UKULELE — Ukulele Jam from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 20. Learn, practice and play in a relaxed and welcoming space. Instruments are 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, in Garden Home. Free. Visit gardenhomelibrary.org. For adults.

COSTUME-FRIENDLY — Tualatin Valley Community Band performs "Songs of the Season" from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. Show includes songs of the season, some spooky and some sweet. Halloween costumes encouraged at this family-friendly event. Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd., Tigard. Free. Visit tigard-or.gov/library. All ages.

SEFFARINE — Portland Community College Rock Creek campus' Experience Music Series presents Seffarine, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Seffarine performs Arabic and Andalusian music as well as original compositions influenced by cultures including Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music and American Jazz. 17705 N.W. Springville Road, Building 3, Rock Creek. Free, donations welcome. $2 parking. All ages

ART

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 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. 42350 NW Trellis Way, Banks. To register, visit artingales.org.

CHILDREN'S ART CLASS — Beaverton City Library hosts Autumn Leaves, a children's art class that creates tissue paper to make stained glass leaves, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Free. 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton. Visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Ages 3 to 6 with family member.

STUDIO TOUR —Washington County Art Alliance hosts the Washington County Open Studio Tour, Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spend the weekend in a self-guided tour of art studios across the county. Over 50 artists and five galleries ensure there is something for everyone. 6107 S.W. Murray Blvd., Suite 299, Beaverton. Free. Visit washcoart.org. All ages.

ARTIST DEMOS — Valley Art in Forest Grove hosts artist demos Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See artists demonstrate their skills, including watercolor, pottery, printmaking, bookmaking, assemblage and Icelandic wool knitting. 2022 Main St., Forest Grove. Free. Visit valleyart.org.

OPEN STUDIO —Village Gallery of Arts Oregon in Cedar Mill hosts open studios Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Village Gallery of Arts, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road, Cedar Mill. Free. Visit villagegalleryarts.org.

MESS INTO ART — Turn that mess into a work of art during Mess Art from 4 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Beaverton City Library. 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton. Free. Visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Ages two to eight with family member.

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.

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 story time is on every second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Marathi/Hindi story time is on every third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Arabic language story time is on every third Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Mandarin story time 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.

REGIONAL EVENTS

POP MUSIC — Tigard Public Library hosts a lecture on pop music history from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Pop music historian Jim Pritchard will discuss genre's early days, from 1945-1954. Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd. Free. Visit tigard-or.gov/library. For adults.

HARVEST FESTIVAL — The 2018 Harvest Festival is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road. Activities include hay rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, arts and crafts, Learning Garden tours and more. A donation of $5 per family is suggested and free raffle tickets come with donated canned goods. Free parking is available in the Event Center parking lot behind Building 9.

NEW BOOK — Local author Steve Holgate discusses his new book, "Madagascar," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Holgate brings the mystery and mysticism of Madagascar to life in his haunting and exciting second novel. Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd., Tigard. Free.

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH — Curious about National Novel Writing Month? Get the scoop on NaNoWriMo and get in gear for a month of words, words, and more words in the company of your fellow Wrimos from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton. Free. Visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.

DAY OF THE DEAD — Tualatin Public Library hosts Danza Azteca Huitzilopochtli at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Learn about the culture and tradition behind Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and its connection to the Aztecs with a dance and presentation. 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. Free. Visit tualatinoregon.gov/library or call 503-691-3074. All ages.

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS — Celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on when Tigard Public Library celebrates Day of the Dead from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Decorate papier-mâché skulls, create tissue paper marigolds and enjoy pan dulce. Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd., Tigard. Free. Visit tigard-or.gov/library.

READING TIME — Beaverton City Library presents Frightfully Good Reads from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The library promises an exciting evening of trick-or-treating with books, as staff will go from table to table sharing about their current favorite reads. The event will highlight 20 new and old titles in all genres, fiction and non-fiction, as well as forthcoming books. Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton. Free.


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