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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 exhibit 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 omsi.edu, 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.

MEMBER MEETING — The Hillsboro-Forest Grove Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon is having a Spring Member Event on Saturday, March 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Kama'aina Hawaiian Restaurant, 1910 Main St. in Forest Grove. Members will speak about the branch and its importance to women and children in the community by the projects it is working on. Reserve a spot by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 13.

Art

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.

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, 1310 N. Adair 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.

CUBAN DANCE — Hillsboro Public Library presents Cuban Dance Party with Son de Cuba on March 9 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the Latin, African, and jazz rhythms of live music by Son de Cuba from 4 to 5 p.m. Instructors will teach fun, easy dance moves. Instruction begins at 3:30 p.m., live music at 4 p.m. Suitable for all ages. Free to attend. Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro. Visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Library for more information.

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 SherwoodCenterfortheArts.org or call 503-625-4278 for more information.

FOLK MUSIC — Pacific University presents Tom Paxton & The DonJuans on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tom Paxton has been an integral part of the songwriting and folk music community since the early 1960s. He is performing with two great singer-songwriter friends, Don Henry and Jon Vezner. Adult tickets cost $25 and senior and student tickets cost $22.50. Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, 2014 Cedar St., Forest Grove. Call for tickets at the box office at 503-352-2918. For walk-up tickets, visit 2019 21st St., Forest Grove, from Monday to Friday, 3 to 5 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY — Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra presents "Breaking the Glass" on March 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This is an International Women's Day concert featuring five women composers' music. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors; children 12 and under free. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2194 S.E. Minter Bridge Road, Hillsboro. Visit hillsborosymphony.org 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.

CEILI — S & A Irish Entertainment presents its First Friday Irish ceili on March 1, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. "Ceili" is the Gaelic word for an evening gathering of friends sharing and enjoying traditional Irish music, song, dance and fun. This social dance is for all to enjoy, young and old, every first Friday of the month, October through May at the Winona Grange. Attendees can come without any experience or a partner. The live music and dancing starts at 8 p.m. Winona Grange #271, 8340 S.W. Seneca St., Tualatin. $12, or $10 for veterans, students and 65 and up. Visit irishpdx.com for more information.

Film

JUMANJI — Sherwood Center for the Arts will hold the last event in its Family Flix Series, presenting "Jumanji" at March 10 at 3 p.m. A magical board game unleashes a world of adventure on Peter and Judy. If they win Jumanji, they can all be free; but that means braving giant bugs, ill-mannered monkeys and even stampeding rhinos! Sweet treats and popcorn will be available for purchase. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., Sherwood. $3 for all ages. Visit SherwoodCenterfortheArts.org or call 503-625-4278 for more information.

BASEBALL — Sherwood Center for the Arts will present "A League of Their Own" as part of its Classic Film Series on March 21 at 7 p.m. As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey. Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller spar with each other. Sweet treats and popcorn will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., Sherwood. $3 for all ages. Visit SherwoodCenterfortheArts.org or call 503-625-4278 for more information.

Theater

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR — Mask & Mirror Community Theatre presents "The Boys Next Door" until March 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 maskandmirror.com/box-office, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-893-5945.

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 valleycatholic.org 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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