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COURTESY PHOTO: BAG&BAGGAGE PRODUCTIONS - Bag&Baggage Productions presents "Bell, Book & Candle" from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23 at The Vault Theater in Hillsboro.


EVERY HUSBAND'S NIGHTMARE — The annual "Every Husband's Nightmare" returns to the Washington County Fair Complex's Cloverleaf Building, 873 N.E. 34th Ave., Hillsboro, now through Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

ST. MATTHEW BAZAAR — The Altar Society of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hillsboro is hosting a holiday bazaar on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Parish Hall. It is located directly across from the church at S.E. Third and Oak. Available for your purchase will be items from various crafters and vendors, as well as food like doughnuts, coffee, soup and chili. For more information, call Terry Cole at 503-381-6305.

HOLIDAY IN THE GROVE — Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Forest Grove, Pacific Avenue and Main Street will sport an old-fashioned celebration of the holidays for the whole family. Breakfast, photos with Santa and art projects for the kids will be on display, as well as live music from the Westside Singers, the Artisans in the Grove marketplace, gingerbread house contest, Pacific University Holiday concert, carolers and shopping specials. For more information, visit

LIGHT PARADE — On Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m., downtown Forest Grove will host a holiday parade. Come and be dazzled by floats, marching groups and others decked out in holiday lights. Musical and performing arts groups are also participating in the parade. Santa arrives in his sleigh at the end. A number of stores will have hot chocolate, coffee and warm drinks available. Free parking. $20 to enter the parade. For more information, call 503-357-3006 or visit


TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT — Forest Grove High School's theatre department presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," running Nov. 15, 16 and 17. Curtain is at 7 p.m. for all performances at Ellen Steven's Auditorium, 1401 Nichols Lane, in Forest Grove. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

THE OUTSIDERS — Hillsboro High School presents "The Outsiders," a play based on the novel by S.E. Hinton, seen through the eyes of Ponyboy, a greaser on the wrong side of life who is caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids, "The Socs," and his tough, underprivileged family and friends. Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 performance at 2:30 p.m. Hillsboro High School is located at 3285 S.E. Rood Bridge Road. General admission tickets are $8, students, seniors and teacher tickets are $6.

ELLA ENCHANTED — Oregon Children's Theatre presents "Ella Enchanted," running until 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 is 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 Recommended for ages 6 and older.

DEARLY DEPARTED — Mask & Mirror Community Theatre presents "Dearly Departed," through Nov. 18, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. In the backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpins' other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Amid the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral. Main Stage, Calvin Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard. $12-15. Visit

BELLES — STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy presents "Belles: The Reunion," through Nov. 18, Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. Twenty-five years have passed since we last visited the six Walker sisters from Memphis, Tenn., and they're all back on the phone again for another crisis-filled weekend. The most immediate concern: Mama has taken off all her clothes in the community room of her nursing room and the sisters must put their heads together and decide what to do with her. And that's just for starters. The sequel to "Belles," Dunn's most popular comedy-drama, "Belles: The Reunion" will appeal to both those who've already fallen in love with the Walkers, as well as audiences discovering these telephone-tethered women for the very first time. Christian Church of Hillsboro, 540 N.E. Edison St., Hillsboro. $12-15. Visit

BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE — Bag&Baggage Productions presents "Bell, Book & Candle" from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Usher in the holidays with a classic romantic comedy filled with magic, charm, and just a little touch of witchcraft. John Van Druten's 1950 play inspired the hugely popular film starring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart, and one of the most popular television shows in history, "Bewitched!" Gillian Holroyd, a witch living in Greenwich Village, has fallen in love with her neighbor — a serious problem for witches, who must give up their powers if they fall in love with a mere mortal! When Gillian finds out he is going to marry an old college rival, she casts a love spell on him which (of course) backfires. Will Gillian give up her powers for a shot at happiness, or will she lose her last chance at love? Find out this holiday season in a production that takes full advantage of The Vault's magical technology. The Vault Theater, 350 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $30/35. Ages 13 and older.


UKULELE — Ukulele Jam from 11 a.m. to noon on Nov. 15. 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, Portland. Free. Visit For adults.

FALL FIESTA — Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra presents Fall Fiesta, a musical celebration of Hispanic and Latino culture, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 for $8-10 a ticket. Veterans and ages 12 and younger free. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2194 S.E. Minter Bridge Road, Hillsboro. Visit

MUSICA ROMANTICA — A musical celebration of Hispanic and Latino culture, "Musica Romantica," is the theme at Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra's concert scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2194 S.E. Minter Bridge Road, Hillsboro. A reception with orchestra members and the conductor follows the concert. Admission is $10 adults, $8 children and seniors, ages 12 and under free. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at MIR Music, 331 E. Main St., Hillsboro, or through the HSO website at Patrons can also buy season tickets for $25 for three concerts at the door or on the HSO website.

PINK MARTINI FAME — The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro, presents two special piano performances by Thomas Lauderdale highlighting his riveting talent as a classical pianist. Lauderdale will perform Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 advance, $37 the day of the performance. The Nov. 16 performance is a benefit for the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment, with $100 Premium Tickets also available (includes catered pre-show reception with an appearance by Lauderdale and reserved seating in the first five rows).

JAZZ MUSIC — Pacific University presents the John Jorgenson Quintet at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18. Best known for his guitar work with the Desert Rose Band and The Hellecasters, Jorgenson delights audiences with his dynamic musical style. For this concert, Jorgenson and his quintet play gypsy jazz music in the tradition of Django Reinhardt from the 1930s. Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, McCready Hall, 2014 Cedar St., Forest Grove. $25. Call 503-352-2918.

LATIN MUSIC — Sabroso, featuring brothers Pablo and Ricardo Ojeda, brings Latin rhythms and funky soul to the Tualatin Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 18. 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. Free. Visit or call 503-691-3074. All ages.

OPEN MIC — Influence Music Hall and Art Gallery hosts an open mic every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. All ages and genres welcome. Free. Influence Music Hall, 135 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro. Visit All ages until 9 p.m.


ART SHOW — Artingales hosts "97116," a square-format art show featuring various local artists selling affordable work measuring nine inches-by-nine inches or smaller, Nov. 16 to Nov. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. The show is a partial fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and CARES Northwest. Join the opening reception on Friday, Nov. 16 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., and take part in the evening's Passport to Art including participating venues 97116, Valley Art Association, and A Framer's Touch for a chance to win prize baskets. Passport to Art hours vary at each location. Additional 97116 gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Visit Free. Downtown Forest Grove.


Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road

INDIGENOUS STORYTELLING — Aloha Community Library hosts "Indigenous Culture & Storytelling" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. Acclaimed storyteller and history keeper Esther Stutzman will give a presentation that incorporates Coos and Kalapuya stories, demonstrations of drumming and singing, and other aspects of tribal culture. 17455 S.W. Farmington Road, Suite 26A, Aloha. Free. Visit or call 503-259-0185.

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

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.

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.

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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