Find fun, arts, music, education and entertainment for all ages in Washington County.

COURTESY PHOTO: LORI DALIPOSON - 'Legally Blonde: The Musical' is Glencoe High School's winter production running through Saturday, March 2.

Around the area

PIXAR AT OMSI — "The Science Behind Pixar," an exhibition about the science behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters, is now open at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This hands-on exhibition demonstrates the technology that supports the creativity and artistry of Pixar's storytellers. Created by Pixar Animation Studios and the Museum of Science, Boston and featuring more than 40 interactive elements, "The Science Behind Pixar" showcases the science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's award-winning films to the big screen. The exhbit runs through Sept. 3 at OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $21 for adults, $14 for youth (ages 3 to 13), and $17 for seniors (ages 63 and up). Prices for OMSI members are $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and $4 for seniors. Guests can purchase tickets online at, via phone at 503-797-4000 or in person at the museum.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — The Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon will have its March 2019 meeting on Saturday, March 9, at the Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, from 10 a.m. to noon. The speaker will be Dale Deatherage, about "Genealogy and the Law." The meeting is free and open to all. The society encourages genealogical research in Washington County and around the world. For more information, call 503-716-8029.

CRYSTAL AND ART FAIR — Crystal Heart Books and Crystal Heart Boutiques will be having a Psychic, Healing & Art Fair Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. and Sunday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 269 E. Main St., Hillsboro. A variety of practitioners will be offering readings in tarot, clairvoyant, psychic medium, runes, reiki, psychometry, angel and life coaching as well as cupping and massage. They will also be offering aura photos, free lectures and our artists will be answering any questions you may have about their art pieces. For more information on its free lectures, artists, practitioners, and to participate in feature fairs, visit


ART EXHIBIT — An exhibition of landscape paintings by Sheila Chugani Baumgardner, curated by Cultural Arts staff is on display through the months of March and April in the Hillsboro Civic Center's Shirley Huffman Auditorium and adjacent gallery wall. The Civic Center is located at 150 E. Main St., and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baumgardner paints whimsical acrylic landscapes inspired by the urban parks of Portland and the natural wonders of Oregon, and reflective of her cultural heritage and upbringing. The series of paintings on exhibit invites viewers to imagine they are relaxing on a couch at home while being immersed in the joy and beauty of the Oregon landscape. Born in India, Baumgardner spent most of her formative years in Japan and now lives in Portland. She cites as an inspiration the work of American painter Thomas McKnight, known for pop-influenced interiors framing views of brightly hued landscapes, including scenes of Kobe, Japan. Baumgardner strives to imbue her work with cheer, and her work reflects the style and joy of the cultures and places that have influenced her along the way.


BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S — The Classic Film Series at Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., presents "Breakfast at Tiffany's" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. 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 or 503-625-4278.

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.

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.

Music and dance

IRISH DANCE — Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., will hold its Family Matinee Series, presenting Murray Irish Dance on March 17 at 3 p.m. The Family Matinee Series is excited to welcome back Murray Irish Dance. Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day with Portland's top Irish dance performance troupe, accompanied by live Irish music and song. Well known for their high-energy performances and vividly attractive costumes, get ready for toe tapping, foot stomping and hand-clapping in the spirit of Irish culture, music and tradition. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. $5 for all ages. Visit or call 503-625-4278 for more information.

MORE IRISH DANCE — S & A Irish Entertainment presents its First Friday Irish ceili on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Winona Grange #271, 8340 S.W. Seneca St., Tualatin. Cost is $12, or $10 for veterans, students and 65 and up. Partners are not needed as organizers of the ceili, a traditional Irish social gathering involving friends and music, try to make sure that no one is left sitting. Visit for more information.

PAINTED SKY NORTHSTAR DANCE COMPANY — The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, presents Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. Comprised of intertribal and contemporary dancers, Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company celebrates the richly layered traditions of Native American dance with powerful and life-affirming performances full of energy. Established in 2005, the company performs Native American styles of dance and music, while incorporating the contemporary styles of jazz, lyric, tap and hip-hop. Dedicated to honoring Native American culture and carrying on Native heritage through traditional and contemporary dance, Painted Sky hopes to educate the public about rich Native traditions while uniting people across all cultures. Tickets for this 50-minute production, with no intermission, are $5 advance or $8 the day of show.


THE BOYS NEXT DOOR — Mask & Mirror Community Theatre presents "The Boys Next Door" on March 2 to 24. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. No Friday performances. In a communal residence in a New England city, four men with mental issues live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly burned out, young social worker named Jack. The comedy includes moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that people with disabilities want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the time that they are allotted on this earth, just like the rest of us. The venue is The Stage at Calvin Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard. Tickets cost $15 for adults; $12 for seniors (55 and older), students and active military; $10 for groups of 10 or more; and $7 for children ages 10 and under. For more information, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-893-5945.

LEGALLY BLONDE — Glencoe High School Theatre, 2700 N.W. Glencoe Road, Hillsboro, is bringing their delightful and demanding production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical" to life. This hilarious, fun musical (book by Heather Hach and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Neil Benjamin) tells the story of Elle Woods — a woman so desperate to win back her love that she enrolls in Harvard Law School to do just that. In this high-energy musical, Elle (played by Ally Giard) sings and dances her way, with the help of her loyal sorority sisters and friends, to a new, confident version of herself, teaching everyone to look beyond stereotype for themselves and for others. Through all of the fun, frolic, great music, and delightful dances, the messages of empowerment for young women are what make this production a compelling and important choice. "Legally Blonde" is recommended for ages 13 and older. The show runs through Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., with no performance Wednesday, Feb. 27. Reserved-seat tickets may be purchased in advance through for $12, or $7 for students and seniors, or at the door for$3 more. Thursday night tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.

STUART LITTLE — Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, presents a children's classic, "Stuart Little" beginning March 1. Adapted by Joseph Robinett from the book by E.B. White, "Stuart Little" tells the story of a mouse named Stuart who is born into an ordinary family in New York and must navigate a human world. This show runs for two weekends only, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For a complete listing of show times, please visit or call 503-359-5349. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors (60 and over) and youths (17 and under). The box office is open on Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and one hour before each performance.

THE ISLAND IN WINTER — Bag & Baggage Productions' inaugural Problem Play Project production is a remarkable new vision of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale in a bilingual world premiere adaptation. The Bard's spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy, magic, and redemption, reworked by Hillsboro native Carlos-Zenen Trujillo, transports the action away from Sicilia and Bohemia to Miami and Havana. Bringing Latin American magical realism to play in one of Shakespeare's most compelling (and magical) tales, "The Island in Winter" is the first show in a three-year project that asks emerging playwrights of color to re-imagine Shakespeare's Problem Plays with a diversity and equity lens. Shows begin Thursday, March 7, at The Vault Theatre, 350 E. Main St. Hillsboro. Tickets are $32 for adults, $27 for students and seniors.

SHREK: THE MUSICAL — "Shrek the Musical," based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and book by William Steig, comes to life on  the Valley Catholic stage next month. The Valley Catholic High School Theatre Department will present this hilarious spring production about a grumpy ogre, a talking donkey and an enchanted princess over two weekends, from Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 10. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Valley Catholic High School is located at 4275 S.W. 148th Ave., Beaverton. Tickets can be purchased online at or at will call on the day of the performance. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $3 for children younger than 5.

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