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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 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, via phone at 503-797-4000 or in person at the museum.

OPEN HOUSE — Old College Hall at Pacific University hosts an open house Wednesday, April 3, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Old College Hall was built in 1850 as Pacific's first university building. Today, it is one of the oldest educational buildings still in use west of the Mississippi River. The hall has been moved three times and now stands on the southwest corner of the Forest Grove Campus. The cupola, or bell tower, has become a symbol of the university's history, and the old bell still rings to commemorate special events. Students ring the bell one by one at the beginning of their academic careers, and again upon graduation. The museum features a collection of artifacts from the history of the school and the Forest Grove region. 2021 College Way, Forest Grove. Free. 503-352-3096.

LUAU — Pacific University's annual Luau is Saturday, April 13, at 4:30 p.m. Hawaiian Club, Na Haumana O Hawai'i, will present its 59th annual Luau with traditional Polynesian dance, music and entertainment, preceded by an authentic meal featuring traditional staples like kalua pig, chicken long rice, teriyaki chicken, poi, haupia, coconut cake and punch. 2043 College Way, Forest Grove. $20 to $42. Visit or


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.

SPRING BREAK — Valley Art presents Spring Art Break for Kids from 1 to 3 p.m. March 26 through March 28 — three days of artistic engagement with the option to choose which days suit your child's interests. Choose one, or all for discount: Tuesday is Paint 4 Kids, Wednesday is Free Create, Thursday is Clay Day. Admission is $20 each, or $50 for all three classes. Space is limited. Closed-toe shoes are required. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Valley Art is located at 2022 Main St. in Forest Grove. Register online at For more information, visit


GRAMMY-NOMINATED — The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center presents Robbie Fulks on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. Incorporating folk, bluegrass and vintage country, Robbie Fulks' new album, "Upland Stories," is garnering some of the most effusive reviews of his career, along with two Grammy nominations for "Best American Roots Song" and "Best Folk Album." Fulks' rich, emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and stirring vocals. Tickets cost $18 in advance or $22 on the day of show. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $8 on the day of show. Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Visit or call (503) 615-3485. For more information, visit

NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE — Pacific University presents R. Carlos Nakai, the world's premier Native American flute performer, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Nakai brings his award-winning music to the Pacific stage with percussionist Will Clipman at the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, located at 2014 Cedar St. in Forest Grove. $22.50 to $25. Visit arts, 503-352-2918.

RHYTHMS — The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 E. Main St. in Hillsboro presents Neftali Rivera and Grupo Borikuas in concert April 19th 7:30 p.m. Neftali Rivera and Grupo Borikuas capture the essence of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. $12 to $16. Visit,503-615-3485.

OPEN MIC — Influence Music Hall at 135 S.E. Third Ave. in Hillsboro hosts its Friday open mic every Friday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Music, poetry and comedy are welcomed. Visit or call 503-701-6859 for more information.

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 spot.

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, 1370 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.

GRIEF DISCUSSION — The Forest Grove City Library is hosting a presentation and discussion about grief Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rogers Room. Three presenters will be in attendance including Steve Dehner, author of "At a Loss: How to Help a Grieving Friend," retired chaplain Dexter Danielson, and counselor William Feldman. Free to the public.

AUTHOR TALK — Investigative reporter and journalist John Dodge will speak on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rogers Room about his recently published book "A Deadly Wind." The story tells the tale about the 1962 Columbus Day storm. Book signing to follow. Free to the public.

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.

MAKER FAIRE — Hillsboro Brookwood Library presents Westside Maker Faire on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join local makers to learn about their recent creations and get ideas for your own projects. Free to attend. For more information, visit

PORTLAND OPERA — Hillsboro Brookwood Library presents Portland Opera Season Preview on Sunday, March 31, at 1 p.m. Join members of the Portland Opera as they perform a set of featured songs from the upcoming season of shows. Free to attend. Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro. Visit for more information.

North Plains Public Library, 31334 N.W. Commercial St.

BOOKS BABIES STORYTIME — Each Wednesday at 10 a.m., 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. For more information, call 503-647-5051.


A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN — Sherwood Center for the Arts at 22689 Pine St. will present "A League of Their Own" as part of its Classic Film Series on Thursday, 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. $3 for all ages. Visit or call 503-625-4278 for more information.


THE BOYS NEXT DOOR — Mask & Mirror Community Theatre presents "The Boys Next Door" through Sunday, 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, 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 run through Sunday, March 24, at The Vault Theatre, 350 E. Main St. in Hillsboro. Tickets are $32 for adults, $27 for students and seniors.

SING OUT — Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents "Rodger & Hammerstein's A Grand Night for Singing," from Thursday, March 28, through April 28. Thursday through Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday shows start at 2 p.m. Many of the most beloved, uplifting, and romantic songs in musical theatre history have one thing in common: the incomparable writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. "A Grand Night for Singing" collects over 30 treasured hits from Rodgers and Hammerstein shows such as "Oklahoma!" "South Pacific," "The Sound of Music," "Carousel," "The King and I," and "Cinderella," and invites audiences to experience these classics anew through artful arrangements and clever interpretations. The venue is Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave. in Tigard. $25-$48. Visit, 503-620-5262.

HONK! — STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy presents "HONK!" from April 19 through May 5. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. There is no show on April 21. This award-winning adaptation of one of the world's most beloved fables, "The Ugly Duckling," is a heartwarming celebration of what makes each person special. The venue, HART Theatre, is located at 185 S.E. Washington St. in Hillsboro. $12-$15. Visit


SEASONAL BUGS — On Tuesday, April 2, at 6:50 p.m., the Washington County Master Gardeners Association holds its presentation, "Seasonal Bugs and Beasties, at Beaverton's Griffith Park Building, Room 330, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive. No registration needed and parking is free. Each season brings different bugs into our gardens and homes. Some of these are beneficial, at least in the garden, while others are problematic. In this presentation, Jean Natter describes some of the critters that greet us and offers suggestions for effective and appropriate responses. 

NATIVE PLANTS — On Thursday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the WCGMA Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate, 8005 S.W. Grabhorn Road in Aloha, the Washington County Master Gardener Association holds its presentation, "Growing NW Native Plants" with speaker and master gardener Ardis Schroeder. Schroeder will answer such questions as, "What is the definition of a native plant?" and, "What specific Northwest native plants will grow well in my yard or garden?" Use the Camp Rivendale entrance, park and then walk past play structure down to the Learning Garden. No registration needed. Free parking.

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