Plenty of plays, workshops and library events coming up in the new year to keep you entertained.

COURTESY PHOTO - Learn to square dance with Valley Squares. Classes start soon at Aloha Grange.THEATER

STAGES — STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy presents William Shakespeare's "As You Like It," Jan. 5-12. Tickets: $12-$15 at Performances take place at HART Theatre, Hillsboro.

CARNAGE —Theatre in the Grove presents "God of Carnage," Jan. 12-28. Tickets: $14-$16 at


CLAY DAY — Winter Clay Day is Dec. 29 at Valley Art, Forest Grove. Build and color stain clay creations that will be fired and ready for pickup within a couple of weeks. 4-6:30 p.m. Ages 7+. Register online at

TRIVIA — Trivia Night at Vertigo Brewing is Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. Hosted by one of Hillsboro Public Library's quiz-master librarians. 7 p.m. Free. Ages 21+. Vertigo Brewing, Hillsboro.

WORKSHOP — "Recycled Poetry" workshop at Valley Art, Forest Grove, is a free magazine recycling class to make poetic art stories on bristol paper. Jan. 6, 1-3 p.m. Ages 11+. Preregistration required at

PLANETCON — Recycle polystyrene (styrofoam) packaging, plastic bags and more at a recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 6, at PlanetCon 2018, at Lincoln Street Elementary School, 801 N.E. Lincoln St., Hillsboro. Holiday decoration swap, educational booths and more, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More:


OPEN POETRY — Poets and lovers of poetry gather for a casual evening of shared inspiration and creative camaraderie. Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Free. Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro.

GENEAOLOGY — The Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon will hold its monthly meeting from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway. Featured speakers Linda Clark, Carol Surrency and Linda Meyer will talk about "Habits Genealogists Must Develop." Free and open to the public. GSWCO is not limited to research in Washington County, and promotes the study of genealogy in all parts of the world. For further information, call 503-640-4431.

DANCE -- Learn modern square dance. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. First two lessons free, then $6 per session. Ages 10+. Aloha Grange.


Aloha Community Library

17455 S.W. Farmington Road, Ste. 26A

BUDGETING — Get your personal spending organized in 2018. Certified Public Accountant Christina Bentley will provide a free presentation on how to budget and save money for yourself or your household. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6-7 p.m.

Banks Public Library

42461 N.W. Market St.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME — Storytime for ages 3 to 6 is every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. Younger siblings are welcome. Come to the library for fun with books, stories, songs and rhymes.

Cornelius Public Library

1355 N. Barlow

LEGOS — Join in every Tuesday and complete a weekly challenge with Legos. All ages welcome. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Hillsboro Brookwood Library

2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

BOOK CLUB — Be the change you want to see. Read diverse books followed by friendly discussions on socially minded topics. Individually or as a team, use the topic to inspire public-spirited endeavors like beach clean-up, mentoring or trying foods from another culture. Saturday, Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m.

Shute Park Library

775 S.E. Tenth Ave.

NOON YEAR'S EVE — Ring in the New Year with a kid-friendly countdown at noon. There will be dancing, noisemakers and an apple juice toast. 11 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Dec. 31.

North Plains Library

31334 N.W. Commercial St.

NEW BOOKS — New year, new books: an all-ages story time. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 11:30 a.m.

SUPER SATURDAY — Join in the fun at Jessie Mays Community Center for a Super Saturday kids event. Musician Mo Phillips entertains. Saturday, Jan. 13, 1-2 p.m.

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