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COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Portland Community College is celebrating the Native American culture and traditions with its 20th annual powwow at the Sylvania Campus on Jan. 19.

Theater

NO FILTER COMEDY — Bag&Baggage Productions/No Filter Improv hosts No Filter at The Vault, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m., The Vault Theater, 350 E. Main St., Hillsboro. No Filter is Andrew Beck, Jacquelle Davis, Kaia Maarja Hiller, Cassie Greer, Peter Schuyler, and Gary Strong. You've seen what some of these actors can do with a script; now come see what they do without one! Join No Filter for an evening of improvised hilarity, inspired by YOUR suggestions. Comedy. Havoc. Questionable Morals. What could possibly be better? Tickets cost $10 and up. Recommended for ages 18 and older.

MUSICAL STAGES — Performing Arts Youth Academy presents "Les Misérables," on Jan. 18 to 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., at the HART Theatre, 185 S.E. Washington St., in Hillsboro. Epic, grand and uplifting, "Les Misérables School Edition" packs an emotional wallop and features exceptional vocal talent. Organizers call it a "not to be missed production." Tickets cost $13 and up. Visit stagesyouth.org for more information.

DOUBT — Mask & Mirror Community Theatre presents "Doubt, a Parable," Jan. 18 to 20, and Jan. 25 to 27, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m., Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 S.W. Sweek Drive. A drama of suspicion and innuendo by John Patrick Shanley, this powerful drama stars Sister Aloysius, a Bronx parochial school principal, who takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. It is a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest's behavior that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty. ?$10. Visit maskandmirror.com for more information.

MACBETH — Forest Grove High School tackles English playwright William Shakespeare's famed tragedy, "Macbeth," for its winter drama production at Ellen Stevens Auditorium, 1401 Nichols Lane. Shows run on Jan. 18, 19, 25 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS — "Steel Magnolias" reels in the nostalgia from the play-turned-movie from the late 1980s. The classic takes to the stage in Forest Grove, Jan. 18 through Feb. 3 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., in Forest Grove. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and youths. The box office is open on Wednesdays 11a.m. to 1 p.m. and one hour before each performance or at theatreinthegrove.org.

Music

OPERA — Portland Community College's Rock Creek Department of Music Experience Music Series presents singers Angela Niederloh and Matt Hayman, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., at PCC Rock Creek, 17705 N.W. Springville Road, Building 3, Room 114. Portland favorites Angela Niederloh, mezzo-soprano, and Matt Hayward, baritone, will present stunning classics from opera and solo and duet repertoire. Parking is $2 (permits available at machines). Donations welcome. For more information, visit pcc.edu/programs/music/rock-creek.

REGGAE — The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center on 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro presents a family-friendly matinee performance by award-winning educator and entertainer, Aaron Nigel Smith, on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 advance or $8 the day of the performance. Inspiring youth and families around the world through his uplifting reggae rhythms, Smith brings beauty, harmony, and a message of peace to every performance. Get ready for an entertaining and empowering afternoon of joyful music, recommended for ages two to eight.

ACOUSTIC ARTIST — Walters Cultural Arts Center presents Craig Carothers in concert, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. A Walters' favorite with a loyal Northwest following, Craig Carothers began his career in Portland before relocating to Nashville where he performs his own music at famous stages like the Bluebird Cafe, and writes for artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, and Peter, Paul & Mary. His music is heartbreakingly beautiful and scathingly funny, delivered with a lively deadpan smile and a voice that's downright swoony. Discover why his performances over the years have been described as "truly magical," and experience the moving compositions of this home-grown talent with national appeal. Visit craigcarothers.com. Tickets cost $18 advance, $22 day of show. To find out more, visit hillsboro-oregon.gov/walters, 503-615-3485.

ART

SPANISH WORKSHOP — L.E.S.T.A. Learn English/Spanish Through the Arts hosts a free Spanish workshop, Jan. 22, 1:30 p.m., Hillsboro Community Center, 750 S.E. Eighth Ave. Bilingual Songs, Skits, Card Games, Crafts to improve Spanish. Free. lesta.net, 503-617-6986. 18 and older.

PRINTS — "P.A.N. Portfolio" is on view now through Jan. 25 at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free admission. The exhibition brings the work of 42 artist-members of PAN together into a single cohesive collection. The visual themes, color, form, line, and shape transcend similarities and differences across a variety of printmaking methods. The collection is reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest itself: dramatically diverse in geography and culture and yet an indivisible whole.

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 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.

SAKE — Forest Grove City Library invites you to learn about the craft of sake with SakèOne Brewing, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m., Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. SakéOne, America's first craft saké producer, and they've been brewing high-quality saké in Forest Grove for more than two decades.  Learn about the art of Saké brewing and try a free sample or two! A 21 and over event.

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.

COUNTY-WIDE EVENTS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH — Beaverton City Library presents "Who I Am - Celebrating Me: A Black History Retrospective," Feb. 3 at 3 p.m., Beaverton City Library Main, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton. You are invited to join us on a journey through the African-American experience. The World Stage Theatre, under the direction of playwright Shalanda Sims presents a montage of African-American figures and movements, past and present. In its thirteenth season, this masterful production employs song, dance, imagery, and spoken word. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the actors and the playwright. Free. To learn more, visit beavertonlibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.

PRUNING — On Saturday, Feb. 16, a pruning demonstration hosted by the Tualatin Valley Garden Club and the Washington County Master Gardeners will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.  Learn from the experts how to properly prune cane berries, grapes, fruit trees, roses, ornamental shrubs and trees.  Tool sharpening available. One clean tool per person with name on a label.  Please bring pruners and gloves for hands on experience. Hot coffee and cookies available. Located at 3850 SW Minter Bridge Road, Hillsboro. For more information, call Dave Russell at 503-648-4236 and leave your name and number.

TRADITIONAL POWWOW — Portland Community College is celebrating the Native American culture and traditions with its 20th annual powwow at the Sylvania Campus. The "Wacipi" ("They Dance") Traditional Powwow is from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, in the gymnasium in the Health Technology Building (HT). Honored guests include master of ceremonies Bob Tom (Confederated Tribes of Siletz and Grand Ronde), whip man Carlos Calica (Confederated Tribes of Siletz), co-host drums Sitting Horse and Starhorse, and head dancers Ed and Vicki Wulf. This year's event will include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and a free community dinner at 5:30 p.m. There will be a drum group, dancers, crafts, food, activities for children, a college fair and raffle prizes. Money raised from the event benefits PCC's Native American Scholarship Fund and vendor space provided by the college helps local Native American businesses. Admission and parking to the powwow are free. For more information, visit pcc.edu/powwow, or call (971) 722-4116.


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