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COURTESY PHOTO: GLENN & VIOLA WALTERS CULTURAL CENTER - The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center presents Craig Carothers in concert, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Theater

STEEL MAGNOLIAS — "Steel Magnolias" reels in the nostalgia from the play-turned-movie from the late 1980s. The classic runs 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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and one hour before each performance or at theatreinthegrove.org.

THEATER WORKSHOP — Sherwood Center for the Arts Broadway Master Class Series presents "Triple Threat" with Jeff Whiting, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m., Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., brings top theater professionals to Sherwood. From audition technique and choosing material to the intricacies of acting a song, these New York-based artists draw from a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry. Both classes will be accompanied by a professional pianist. Parents, directors, teachers, and community members are invited to observe class ($10). This workshop is geared towards intermediate and advanced theater students ages 12 and up. Broadway choreographer and director Jeff Whiting will work with students on all aspects of dancing, acting, singing, and that all-important audition. Starting with a dance workshop patterned after a true Broadway dance call, students will then work on audition technique and song interpretation. Whiting coaches students with detail and care, helping to bring both performance skills and confidence to the next level. $10. For more information, visit sherwoodcenterforthearts.org or 503-625-4278.

Movies

THE KARATE KID — Sherwood Center for the Arts Family Flix Series presents "The Karate Kid," Feb. 10 at 3 p.m., Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., features fun films for the entire family on Sunday afternoons, a great way to introduce kids to your childhood favorites. Daniel finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi, a repairman who is also a martial arts master. Sweet treats and popcorn will be available for purchase. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. $3 for all ages. For more information, visit sherwoodcenterforthearts.org or 503-625-4278.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S — Sherwood Center for the Arts with its Classic Film Series presents "Breakfast at Tiffany's," on Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Audrey Hepburn plays a Manhattan sophisticate, who escorts wealthy men, accepting gifts and money but not their affections. Sweet treats and popcorn will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $3. For more information, visit sherwoodcenterforthearts.org or 503-625-4278.

Music

ACOUSTIC ARTIST — The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center presents Craig Carothers in concert, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. 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.

JAZZ — STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy presents "Radio Jazz Hour," Feb. 16 at 3 and 7 p.m. at Hillsboro Masonic Lodge, 176 N.E. Second Ave. Step back in time and enter the White Feather Lounge and enjoy the music, comedy and community of the 1940s with performances by some of the best talent in the area. $15 and up. For more information, visit stagesyouth.org.

WORLD MUSIC — The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center presents Seffarine in concert, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Sounds including Spanish Flamenco, Arabic, Andalusian, Persian and jazz. Placing in top charts for World Music, Seffarine's international blend of sounds features soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their music embraces and extends Naki's rich heritage, which spans from Moorish Spain to the Sahara, mixing Arabic Andalusi music with the grooves of acclaimed bassist Damian Erskine, the phenomenal chops of Persian master multi-instrumentalist Bobak Salehi, and virtuoso percussionist, Manavihare Fiaindratovo. Seffarine delivers an original and intoxicating sound that Bass Player Magazine describes as a "gorgeous intersection" of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern genres and culture. Learn more at seffarine.com.

ART

ART SKIRMISH — Valley Art on 2022 Main St., Forest Grove hosts its "Souper Bowl Saturday Night and Art Skirmish" on Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. The cost is $15 for a handmade bowl of your choice made by Bob Hackney and then patrons can fill theirs with soup made by Valley Art volunteers. Music by Cluck and Claw and an Art Skirmish which involves a group creates a painting in three hours and donate it to Valley Art to be sold or auctioned. All proceeds will go towards our upcoming pottery studio remodel.

ABSTRACT PAINTING WORKSHOP — Amy Osborne Art hosts an abstract painting workshop, "Explore the Mysteries of Abstract Painting," Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m., Valley Art Association, 2022 Main St., Forest Grove. Join award winning artists Barbara Martin and Amy Osborne as they find the flow of abstract painting in this fast paced, exciting workshop. Advanced painters as well as beginners will discover new ways of creating dynamic abstract work. This will be a fun and engaging day filled with hands-on exercises and painting time using acrylics. We include breaks for reflection, note-taking and discussion.

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 Valley Art Association, 2022 Main St., Forest Grove.

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 SakéOne 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! For ages 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.

Cultural

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 13th 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.

HANDWRITING — Tigard Public Library hosts "Handwritings of the Presidents," Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd., Tigard. Certified handwriting analyst Joyce Brizendine examines presidential handwriting from Franklin Roosevelt to Donald Trump and discusses how their writing style reveals unique personality traits. Free. Learn more at tigard-or.gov/library.

Garden

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 S.W. Minter Bridge Road, Hillsboro. For more information, call Dave Russell at 503-648-4236 and leave your name and number.


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