Bits & Pieces: Washington County Fair expands to 10 days
Washington County Fair takes place July 23-Aug. 1 at Westside Commons (formerly Washington County Fair Complex), 801 N.E. 34th Ave. in Hillsboro.
There'll be carnival rides, livestock shows, music, local food, shopping and other activities.
It's the first year the fair will use the Wingspan Event & Conference Center, an 89,000-square-foot building which was under construction from 2018 to summer 2020.
As always, admission to the fair is free. Fair doors open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Musical acts featured include Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan and The Rock Bottom Boys, and there'll be entertainment such as the Matt Baker Comedy + Stunt Show and hypnotist Tina Marie.
Costume-focused performance duo Animal Cracker Conspiracy will be at the Washington County Fair all 10 days.
For more: www.bigfairfun.com.
The Portland Modern Home Tour takes place virtually Saturday, July 24 at homes located in Portland, Lake Oswego and McMinnville. For more: www.mads.media/2021-portland-modern-home-tour.
On the dots
Pioneer Courthouse Square will host events as part of the city's weekend-long reopening celebration, Friday-Sunday, July 23-25.
Pink Martini will be performing live, leading a sing-along, at 3 p.m. Saturday.
For more about weekend events: www.hereforportland.com/welcomeback.
The Young Professionals Company at Oregon Children's Theatre will be putting on their improvisation show, "Impulse XIV: Bonus Level!," which has been made a live event at Curious Comedy Club, 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 23-24. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 years and younger. It'll also be live-streamed at www.octc.org.
Portland Center Stage's annual JAW New Play Festival will feature play readings, performances and classes in person and online, Friday-Sunday, July 23-25. Audiences will be welcomed back to The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave. Events are free to attend.
The festival features Inda Craig-Galvan's "A Hit Dog Will Holler," Ty Defoe's "Trans World," Rinne Groff's "The Red Beads" and Kate Hamill's "Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson — Apt. 2B."
The JAW Teen Playwrights Showcase features Natalia Bermudez, Moss Johnson, Aaron Leonard-Graham, Becca McCormick and Nevaeh Warren.
For complete info: www.pcs.org/jaw.
Portlander Jim Tarjan, 69, is participating in the U.S. Senior Championships for chess at the Saint Louis Chess Club in Missouri, through July 26.
He's a former high-level competitor who has won many U.S. championships. He's an American Grandmaster in chess, and he has a Wikipedia page. He's the oldest player in the senior tourney. KGW (8) TV recently did a feature story on Tarjan.
"These are all great players, who've had great chess careers," Tarjan told KGW. "We're all getting our senior moments now. … I'm going to do my best, we'll see what happens."
Grand prize is $50,000.
To follow the tourney, see www.uschesschamps.com.
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