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PHOTO COURTESY: THE GROTTO - The Grotto's 31st Annual Christmas Festival of Lights opens Friday, Nov. 23 in Portland.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

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 cityclubfg.com.

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 facebook.com/WWCFFA.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE — The Forest Grove United Church of Christ is hosting a "Blue Christmas" service on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside its chapel. A light lunch and shawls will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picture of loved ones, pets and promises they wish to remember.

THE GROTTO — The Grotto's 31st Annual Christmas Festival of Lights opens Friday, Nov. 23. This Portland tradition runs nightly through December 30 (except Christmas Day.) Guests stroll among 1.5 million colorful lights, which line the scenic pathways. New this year, a spectacular 150-ft living Christmas tree at the entrance at N.E. 85th and Sandy Blvd. The festival features 196 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region's finest school, church and civic choirs. Five concerts are scheduled each night and will perform in the 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral-like acoustics. The festival also features a petting zoo, nightly puppet shows, and a chance to sing along with The Grotto Carolers. Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop. The Festival is open from 5 to 9:30 p.m., with the grounds closing at 10 p.m. Tickets are sold at the gate, $12 for general admission, $11 for seniors and military and $6 for children ages 3 to 12 years old. Free admission for children under 2. All proceeds support The Grotto, helping maintain its beautiful grounds throughout the year.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT — The Westside Community & Youth Orchestra (WCYO) presents their Winter 2018 Concert, "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Liberty High School Auditorium at 7445 N.E. Wagon Drive, Hillsboro.  Concert is free and open to the public (donations are always appreciated).

THEATER

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.

RADIO CHRISTMAS —Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents the musical "A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol," Nov. 21 to Dec. 23. Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Step back in time to Christmas Eve, 1943, as the Feddington Players present "A Christmas Carol" live on-air. After an endless stream of interruptions, technical snafus and theatrical missteps threaten to tank the broadcast, the company improvises a film noir spin on the classic Dickens tale. Sprinkled with swing arrangements of Christmas standards and original songs in the period style, "A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol" is the festive comedy to sweeten your holiday season. Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard. $20-48. Visit broadwayrose.org or call 503-620-5262. Ages 6 and older.

EVERYBODY — Artists Repertory Theatre presents "Everybody," Nov. 25 to Dec. 30, with showtimes at 7 p.m. Death tells Everybody that their time is up. But Everybody doesn't want to greet Death alone, so Everybody seeks the company of their friends Stuff, Kinship, Friendship, Cousinship, and Love to make the trip bearable. From the scintillating mind that brought you "An Octoroon," "Everybody" is an audacious riff on the 15th-century morality play "Everyman." Nine brave actors will play a multitude of roles with their characters chosen by lottery on-stage every night — with a possible 120 combinations — as they fight to cheat Death. By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and co-directed by Jessica Wallenfels and Dámaso Rodríguez. Alder Stage, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., Portland. Visit artistsrep.org or call 503-241-1278.

MUSIC

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 influencemusichall.org. All ages until 9 p.m.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT — Join an interdisciplinary concert involving music, dance and poetry on Friday, Nov. 30 at Pacific University.  The program will include "Capriol Suite" by Peter Warlock, concerto for alto-saxophone and string orchestra by Alexander Glazunov, New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak and Sleigh Ride by Leopold Mozart. General admission is $7, seniors citizens & employees is $5; youth with student ID, free.

MANDOLIN — The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra is returning to Hillsboro on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center on 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro for its ninth annual Holiday Concert, featuring seasonal favorites, an original piece by the orchestra's music director and a guest performance by the Brazilian-inspired Choro da Alegria at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance or $25 the day of the performance. More information about this performance and the 2018-19 Concert Series is available at  hillsboro-oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts or brownpapertickets.com, by calling 503-615-3485, or in person at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. 

SAEEDA WRIGHT — Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 E. Main St., Hillsbor presents the stirring lyrics and elevating vocals of Saeeda Wright on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance or $20 the day of the performance. Wright's electrifying passion and magnetic voice envelope audiences in music, story, and her powerful presence. Don't miss the opportunity for an intimate performance with a powerhouse on the rise. More information about this performance and the 2018-19 Concert Series is available at  hillsboro-oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts or brownpapertickets.com, by calling 503-615-3485, or in person at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. 

ART

POP-UP SHOP — On Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro, will host more than 25 local artists at the Walters Artisan Pop-up Shop. For one night only, you'll find everything from crocheted creatures to origami ornaments, finely-crafted jewelry to hand-thrown pottery, fine art for your wall to comic books for your shelves. For more information, call 503-615-3485.

 

LIBRARY EVENTS

Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road

BOOKTIQUE — Aloha Community Library hosts its Booktique art fair and sale on Friday, Nov. 30, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 17455 S.W. Farmington Road, Suite 26A, Aloha. Visit alohalibrary.org 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 storytime 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 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 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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