Theatre in the Grove opens 'Next to Normal'

Theatre in the Grove opens 'Next to Normal'

Theatre in the Grove is ready to jump into the New Year with its next production, “Next to...

Pirates swashbuckle, sing their way into HART

Pirates swashbuckle, sing their way into HART

STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy puts a twist on traditional pirates. Pirates have always...

A stormtrooper and a Wookiee walk into a bar... Taproom adds costumes and fun to its menu

A stormtrooper and a Wookiee walk into a bar... Taproom adds costumes and fun to its menu

Forest Grove's Ridgewalker Brewery crew has some fun making videos for Facebook followers

Lavender's Green highlights old-fashioned fashion

Lavender's Green highlights old-fashioned fashion

Hillsboro resident Kay Demlow has spent 25 years researching and sewing historically correct attire.

RAIN (ART) RETURNS TO HILLSBORO

RAIN (ART) RETURNS TO HILLSBORO

Portland artist Alex Chiu brings sidewalk art to Orenco Station.

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Brought to you by Scott Palmer, Artistic Director, BagNBaggage


Scott PalmerWhen people say “the British Bard,” most of the time they are referring to the one

and only William Shakespeare. There is, however, another British poet that has captured the hearts and minds of the British people (and people throughout the world) with his wit, wisdom, and powerful poetry: Burns achieved the

coveted title of “national poet of Scotland," and his works are

still performed throughout the world to this day.

Unlike his fellow British writer William Shakespeare,

Robert Burns has his very own holiday named after him:

Burns Night! Bag&Baggage’s

Burns Night Supper will follow Scottish tradition by featuring

a live bagpiper, drams of whiskey, and a traditional

Scottish meal including cocka-leekie soup, neeps and tatties, bangers and mash, sticky toffee pudding, and of

course, haggis. There will also be a

small silent and live auction

selection. Guests will be “piped

in” to the event and will also

be entertained by performances

by B&B resident actors of

Burns poetry and contemporary

Scottish poetry. In addition,

singers from the Oregon

Chorale will perform a range

of Scottish songs, including

The Rose of Scotland and Auld

Lang Syne.

Tickets for the event at $80

and include entertainment, a

traditional Burns Night Supper,

and a dram of tasting

whiskey. A cash bar featuring

a range of scotches, wines and

beers is also available. The

event begins at 5:00pm on January

28, 2017 at Merriwether

National Golf Club in Hillsboro

and tickets must be purchased

in advance. Tickets can be purchased

online at www.bagnbaggage.

org or by calling the

box office at 503 345 9590.

253 E MAIN STREET

HILLSBORO, OR 97123

503.345.9590

www.bagnbaggage.org

Brought to you by Dr. Scott Hein, DPT, PT, OCS Therapeutic Associates Forest Grove Physical Therapy


Dr. Scott Hein, DPT, PT, OCS

Are you one of the nearly 80 million Americans suffering from low back pain at this moment?

Do you think injection or surgery may be the answer?

Do you have a family member, friend or neighbor who has dealt with back pain and underwent surgery for it?

Looking at statistics on low back pain in our country, the odds are good that you answered yes to at least one of the above questions. Back pain affects many of us. In fact, studies show that 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.

One good thing that may be coming from this recognition of how big of a problem low back pain is today is that it’s forcing the healthcare system to recognize that the traditional approach to treating it has not worked. Virginia Mason medical center in Seattle has now shown that within their system, treating patients with Physical Therapy within 14 days of the onset of low back pain resulted in significant cost savings, lower treatment duration and better patient outcomes (typically excellent—some cases resulted in relief of pain after 2 visits). This was opposed to the traditional approach where a patient is prescribed medication, ordered x-rays/MRI/CT scans then treated later with injection, surgery or physical therapy (approximately double the cost, significantly longer treatment duration and poorer outcomes up to 1 year later).

So, if you are experiencing low back pain and unsure of what to do—try Physical Therapy.

Therapeutic Associates Forest Grove Physical Therapy

2005 Elm St. #200

Forest Grove 97116

503-357-9810

www.therapeuticassociates.com

Brought to you by Kevin Kuntz, Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning


Kevin Kuntz

To keep our customers informed of Oregon code changes and sys­tem enhancement products, we have two items to highlight.

Locking Refrigerant Access Ports: All new installations of outside air conditioners or heat pumps now require locking re­frigerant access ports. The code was put into place to prevent peo­ple from inhaling (huffing) Freon from residential and commercial systems. Locking caps also pre­vent the theft of Freon for resale. The cost of Freon is rising and is worth more per pound then met­al. Some systems require more than one cap. These caps require a special key and are for service technicians only. This is also why we do not leave the key for the caps with the homeowner.

Carbon monoxide detec­tors are also required to be in­stalled in all family dwellings. This code is strictly enforced. We believe every house should have a carbon monoxide detector. The investment is minimal com­pared to one’s life. Every dwell­ing should have one and in some cases more than one. They need to be located in each bedroom or within fifteen feet of each bed­room door. Things to look for are power consumption and battery backup life, location of where to mount the unit, and life expec­tancy of the unit. We currently sell a unit which reads at lower levels than most store purchased models, and has a built in battery backup, with a detector life of seven years.

Call Hybrid today to update your home for safety and code upgrades.

Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning

230 W BASELINE STREET

CORNELIUS, OR 97113

503.357.5663

www.hybridhc.com

Brought to you by Barb Colter, Practice Administrator, Maple Street Clinic


Barb Colter, Practice Administrator

We hope your holiday sea-son is merry, bright and jolly! We hope you are excited for the magic of the season to take hold. But if you find yourself not so jolly, or flat out sad, you are not alone. Stressors such as loneliness, lack of funds, be-ing away from a loved one, a loss in family (death, divorce, change of address,) memo-ries of past holidays, unreal-istic expectations, etc. might push your emotions close to a breaking point. If you find yourself in this boat, try these tips to help get and stay on the positive side; ¦ Predict and handle poten-tial stressors early-on: Cre-ate a schedule, make a bud-get and stick to it, do not go overboard, remember it real-ly is the thought that counts. ¦ Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep and exercise, keep your already estab-lished routines, seek sun-light when possible, read a book, get a massage, take a drive in the evening to look at the lights, do something that makes you happy to re-charge your batteries. ¦ Manage loneliness: be pro-active in your plans, call a friend, purchase a ticket to visit family/friends far away, volunteer to help those less fortunate, accept an invita-tion to dinner, plan a new year’s party of your own, be in control of your circum-stances. ¦ Be aware: Remember that it’s normal to not always be happy this time of year, and that’s okay. Do remember if you’re ever feeling particu-larly depressed or stressed, call us. We stand ready to help you find a way to develop a successful holiday survival plan.

Maple Street Clinic P.C.

1825 MAPLE ST.

FOREST GROVE, OR 97116

503.357.2136

www.maplestreetclinic.com

Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care


Todd Barth, Home Insead Senior CareIn the senior industry that statement

is so true! To our knowledge there are

no classes on aging well. After the

age of 80 often seniors find themselves

isolated, lonely and hopeless. They are

often unaware of the resources around

their community that can help them.

Currently the Hillsboro Home Instead

serves in Yamhill, Western Washington

and Columbia Counties. Home Instead has

made it their business to Change the Face

of Aging.

“It is our privilege and honor and

serve the seniors and their families in

our community,” says Todd Barth. “We

have invested in our community on a

very personal level. And we believe every

family in the area deserves individualized

in-home senior care with a compassionate

touch.”

For that reason we have sponsored these

local events:

?? Hillsboro Senior Center -- Going to the

Races silent auction at the Walter Cultural

Arts Center, to raise funds for the senior

lunch program. September 10th from 6

p.m. – 10 p.m.

??????Care Partners – Dance to Care! Live

music and dancing at Orenco Station

Plaza. Help patients and families receive

compassionate, exceptional end-oflife

care, regardless of ability to pay.

September 10th from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

???? The Walk to End Alzheimers,

Unity within the Community, For more

information or to join us on Facebook:

StopAlz Hillsboro Strong

???? Village Without Walls – A new

subscription based organization that

serves our local seniors with task oriented

projects, any kind of home project that

an active senior may not feel comfortable

doing. They open their doors Oct 1, 2016.

For more info see Villagewithoutwalls.org.

Todd says, “As a locally owned business,

we offer friendly, responsive service right

in your neighborhood. We’re dedicated to

making our community a better place to

live for seniors and their families.”

For more information about our

services or resources; contact phyllis.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call

503-530-1527.

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124

503-902-9987

www.homeinstead.com

Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care


Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior CareFun family get-togethers, trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, vacations

and other festivities make summer one of

the most enjoyable times of the year. But

when you plan your summer activities

keep this advice in mind.

Our aging population is more active

today. Experts tell us that as we age our

bodies can’t handle the heat like they

did when we were younger. A senior

body often doesn’t detect the heat and

will not begin sweating until their body

temperature has skyrocketed and our

body’s cooling devices don’t operate as

effi ciently as we age.

And that’s what makes heat so

dangerous for older adults. More people

in the United States die from extreme

heat every year than from hurricanes,

lightning, tornadoes, fl oods and

earthquakes combined and nearly half

of all heat fatalities were individuals past

the age of 70, according to the National

Weather Service.

By taking some common-sense

approaches to staying cool and hydrated,

seniors can spend quality time with

family and friends outdoors.

Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity.

If you must do strenuous activity, do it

during the coolest part of the day.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

Try to go to a public building with air

conditioning each day for several hours

or designated cooling shelters. Wear

lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink

plenty of water regularly and often, even

if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks

with alcohol or caffeine in them. Eat

small meals and eat more often.

Todd Barth says “Home Instead Senior

Care is about keeping our seniors safe.

Educating our seniors on how to stay cool

during the hottest months of the year

is important to us. If you want to know

the top 10 ways to keep seniors cool, call

Home Instead.”

— Javier Vasquez / Tomme Maier

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124

503-902-9987

www.homeinstead.com

Brought to you by Todd Barth of Home Instead Senior Care in Hillsboro


Todd BarthFalls are the No. 1 reason that seniors

end up in the hospital. In fact, 33 percent

of all hospital visits are caused by falls

and accidents at home.

Many falls are preventable. Exercise

can help reduce the risk of falls

by improving strength, balance,

coordination and flexibility. With a

doctors’ permission, encourage your

loved one to enjoy activities like walking,

water workouts or Tai Chi. Simple chair

exercises and stretches can also provide

benefits.

Physical therapy is another option

for seniors who avoid physical activity

because they are afraid to fall. A

therapist can create a custom exercise

program aimed at improving balance,

flexibility, muscle strength and gait.

Also, be mindful of medications.

Some medicines – or combinations of

medicines – can cause adverse side

effects like dizziness or drowsiness,

which increase the likelihood of injury.

With these factors in mind, Home Instead

Senior Care encourages children and their

aging parents to have honest conversations

on this topic. We encourage family

members to be brave enough to keep their

senior loved ones safe from harm. Home

Instead is not about our seniors losing their

freedoms; it’s just the opposite.

“We are all about keeping seniors safe,

and bringing peace of mind to the family at

large,” said Todd Barth, owner of the Home

Instead franchise in Hillsboro.

An upcoming educational workshop,

“Improving Com-munication with Aging

Parents,” will address this issue. The

workshop will be held May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at

1400 N.E. 48th Ave., Suite 107, in Hillsboro.

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro OR 97124

503-902-9987

www.homeinstead.com

Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care


Todd BarthWhether we are ready or like it, the

holiday season is upon us. For many

seniors the holiday season is a time

of loneliness, BUT not on our watch!

Home Instead Senior Care organizations

across America will be rolling out “Be a

Santa To a Senior” program.

The objective of Home Instead Senior

Care’s® Be a Santa to a Senior® program

is to give back to local communities

by providing gifts and holiday cheer

to seniors. It’s an opportunity to touch

the lives of seniors in your community

who generally don’t have family around

during the holidays and aren’t going to

receive gifts. Ultimately, the objective is

to positively impact the lives of seniors

in your community.

The Hillsboro Home Instead Senior

Care office partners with local Meals

On Wheels and retail stores in Western

Washington County and Columbia

County to provide this opportunity of

giving. It is such a blessing to see those

smiling eyes when they receive that

special gift.

For more information about

this program go to: www.

beasantatoasenior.com/

This year Christmas wreaths will be

hung at the following retail outlets on

November 22, 2016:

Hillsboro

Bi-Mart Store #618 -

2075 SE Tualatin Valley Highway

Forest Grove

Bi-Mart Store #635 -

3225 Pacific Ave.

Scappoose

Bi-Mart Store #686 -

51536 SE 2nd St.

St. Helens

Rite Aid – 785 South Columbia River

Highway

“Our mission, says Todd Barth, owner

of the Hillsboro franchise, is to serve

seniors in our community. What better

way to say we care than partnering with

local organizations and providing a

Christmas for every senior?”

1400 NE 48TH AVENUE

HILLSBORO, OR 97124

503.530.1527

www.homeinsted.com

Brought to you by todd Barth, Home Insead Senior Care


Todd Barth It’s not always easy to understand the

physical limitations that could make

home a virtual minefield for an aging

parent. Sensory changes that come with

age often affect an older adult’s lifestyle

as well. It’s a domino effect that might

make a senior vulnerable to safety

issues in the home.

Consider yourself in your elder loves

one’s shoes. As time goes on, the effects

of aging could impact all senses.

Sight: By the time someone is 60, pupils

decrease to about one-third the

size they were at age 20. Add to that

aging-related eye conditions such as

cataracts and macular degeneration

for instance, that could make it more

difficult to see a throw rug, safely

use a knife to cut an apple or take the

proper dose of medication.

Taste: We start out with about 9,000

taste buds. They decrease in both

number and mass with aging.

Smell: Sense of smell can diminish,

especially after age 70, because of loss

of nerve endings and less mucus in

the nose.

Touch: Decreased blood flow to nerve

endings as we age reduces the sense

of pain and temperature and makes it

easier to drop things.

Hearing: Our ears control hearing and

sense of balance, both of which can be

compromised as we age.

Counteract the effects of aging by

being proactive and take a least one day

each year to perform a safety check of

their loved one’s home. As Todd Barth,

owner of Home Instead Senior Care of

Hillsboro says, “Observing the safety

hazards in a senior’s home is one thing.

Living with them is another. Our goal

is to help the whole family understand

how to make a home safe allowing the

entire family to have peace of mind.

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124

503-902-9987

www.homeinstead.com

Brought to you by Holly Witte, A Blooming Hill Vineyard and Winery


Holly Witte

Jim and I went to a luncheon a week or so ago hosted by Wine America, a nationwide organization dedicated to helping our industry be suc­cessful. Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici were the TERRIFIC guest speakers.

At a panel, after lunch, we heard some of the really big players talk about the indus­try, how the really BIG winer­ies (read, The Jackson Family) acquire properties of all sizes all over the world. Recent purchases in Oregon include Penner Ash and WillaKenzie. The theme of the talk was that we should all think of this sort of “consolidation” as a good thing.

As we left, Jim asked me what I thought about that and said that, at first, he thought maybe we are not using our time here as well as we should and that we should be think­ing about how to maximize our production. THEN, he remem­bered why he did this in the first place – to make wine and farm the land; to give people a warm welcome when they come here to taste.

We both left happy. We decided that growth is not always the overall objective when you have a chance to create and fulfill a dream. We believe there will always be a place in Oregon for the small and genuine winemaker who is content to spend days in the vineyard and winery and create something of pleasure than may not achieve world renown while still pleasing the palates of people who visit.

For that we are grateful. Warm Thanksgiving wishes to all.

5195 SW HERGERT ROAD CORNELIUS, OR 97113

503.992.1196

www.abloominghillvineyard.com

Brought to you by Scott Palmer, Artistic Director of BagNBaggage


Scott Palmer

November certainly started off the holiday season with a bang! In this complex and charged political environment, many members of our communi­ty are feeling nervous, worried, and anxious. At Bag&Baggage, we are feeling it too, and have put together a plan for how we can all come together as a com­munity in love, friendship, and hope.

Our holiday show this year is Parfumerie, the play that in­spired three incredibly iconic American films. You’ve Got Mail (the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan romance), The Shop Around The Corner and In the Good Old Sum­mertime. You may remember that each of these movies tells the story of battling co-workers who fight and feud at work, but are secretly in love with each other in their letters (or, in some cases, emails!). Parfum­erie, written in the late 1930s by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, was the inspiration for those films, and we hope will be the inspiration for you and your family this holiday season.

Set in the charming sur­roundings of Christmas-time Bu­dapest in the late 1930s, the show features one of our largest ever casts (15 people!), a massive set, gorgeous period costumes, tons of perfume-shop props, a snow machine, and, (of course!) a hap­py ending!

Join us this holiday season for a lighthearted romantic romp where love conquers all in Parfumerie. Performances begin November 25th (the day after Thanksgiving) and run through December 23rd. We also have a special Holiday Family Pass available; consider giving the gift of theatre this holiday sea­son! Find out more online at ba­gnbaggage.org or call us at the box office at 503 345 9590. Happy holidays to you and yours from all of us at Bag&Baggage!

253 E MAIN STREET

HILLSBORO, OR 97123

503.345.9590

www.bagnbaggage.org

Brought to you by Chris and Victoria Garfield of John L. Scott Market Center Forest Grove


Chris and Victoria Garfield

Historically, home prices are lower during December than any other month. And, just as Chris predicted, the market has been slowing and prices are headed toward a healthy stabilization. The election has thrown markets into upheaval and raised mortgage rates. A rate rise could slow home prices, stop over-market-price offers and bidding wars. The everyday home buyer might have a better chance to get a home at a reasonable price and rate.

Closings in January show a dip in prices meaning that buyers in November and December got the best deals. Prices rise in the spring and move down in the late fall. This puts power in the hands of the buyer. There is less competition during December for existing homes, because really, who wants all that upheaval during the holidays?

Sellers avoid the wintry weather and short days at the end of the year and conventional wisdom says that buyers aren’t interested then. But a seller listing at the end of the year is someone who needs to sell and will be highly motivated to work with a buyer to make a sale. Older listings can be a real deal for buyers in December as well, because once again, a motivated seller!

A good realtor can help you decide the best time to buy a house depending on what makes the most sense for your situation. Chris and Victoria Garfield know the local market consider it their calling to put the client first. Talk to Chris or Victoria soon to get the home of your dreams.

1936 PACIFIC AVENUE

FOREST GROVE, OR 97116

503.359.9100

www.forestgroveoffice.johnlscott.com


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COURTESY: KATE SZROM - (Clockwise from top) Leif Norby as John Jacob Astor, Ben Rosenblatt as Captain Jonathan Thorn, Shawn Fagan as Wilson Price Hunt and DeLanna Studi as Marie Dorion play in Portland Center Stage's 'Astoria: Part One,' opening Jan. 20.
January 17, 2017

'Astoria: Part One' tells little-known tale of expedition

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Portland Center Stage show based on novel by Peter Stark.
January 17, 2017

Community briefs

by Kathy Fuller
Here's a roundup of events and activities coming up in western Washington County.
COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon Ballet Theatre's junior company  will perform a sneak peek of 'Crush,' choreographed by retired ballerina Alison Roper.
January 14, 2017

Ballerina Alison Roper to speak at the Walters

by News-Times/Hillsboro Tribune
UPDATE: The Oregon Ballet Theatre performance scheduled for Tuesday evening has been cancelled due to inclement weather concerns.


COURTESY PHOTO - Bagpiper Robin Scott will pipe in the haggis with traditional Scottish pomp and circumstance at the Jan. 28 Burns Night Supper hosted by Bag&Baggage Productions.
January 14, 2017

Bag&Baggage to celebrate revered Scottish poet

by Michael Sproles
Bag&Baggage Productions is celebrating the life and poetry of Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns with a traditional Burns Night…
January 12, 2017

This and That

by Kathy Fuller
A roundup of upcoming events in the greater Portland area. Here’s a roundup of upcoming events and activities in the greater Portland…
COURTESY PHOTO - Sitting, Aubrey Crouch plays Miranda in Forest Grove High Schools production of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest.' Standing in center is Tori Parker as Propsera and watching is her spirit Ariel, played by Linnaea Rusaw.
January 11, 2017

'Tempest' opens Friday at Forest Grove High School

by Kathy Fuller
The Forest Grove High School Theatre Department brings Shakespeare’s classic story of love and revenge, “The Tempest,” to the stage…
January 11, 2017

Community briefs

by Kathy Fuller
Upcoming events, activities and opportunities in the Washington County area.
COURTESY: NBC UNIVERSAL - The stars of 'Grimm' celebrate episode No. 100. There'll be 123 episodes before the show ends in 2017.
January 06, 2017

'Grimm': As series wraps up, cast members laud Portland

by Jason Vondersmith
When NBC’s “Grimm” began filming in 2011 in Portland, actors and producers and others said that the city and surrounding areas would…
January 04, 2017

Community calendar: Jan. 4-13, 2017

by Kathy Fuller
THEATER NEXT TO NORMAL — Theatre in the Grove presents, “Next to Normal,” beginning Jan. 13, with performances through Jan. 29.…
January 04, 2017

Community briefs: Local events and news

by News-Times/Hillsboro Tribune
Upcoming events and news in the western Washington County area.
COURTESY PHOTO - The Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Fitness Challenge begins Jan. 7 with 12 weeks of classes and activities to help participants improve their health through fitness and nutrition.
January 03, 2017

This New Year, keep your resolution - join the Fitness Challenge

by News-Times/Hillsboro Tribune
Hillsboro Parks and Rec offers 12-week program to build healthier habits.
COURTESY PHOTO - 'Rift,' by Lee Smith. Smith is one of three new artists at Sequoia Gallery+Studios.
January 02, 2017

Hillsboro's artwalk set for Jan. 3

by Kathy Fuller
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COURTESY PHOTO - The Oregon Symphony will present a free community concert Jan. 5 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro.
December 30, 2016

Oregon Symphony slates free family concert

by Michael Sproles
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December 30, 2016

Inventor has ties to toy in hall of fame

by Ellen Spitaleri
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COURTESY: TRAVEL PORTLAND - Portland's creative culture shines in its independently published zines, which started becoming popular in 2001. The annual Portland Zine Symposium has been held every July for 16 years.
December 29, 2016

Portland's zine scene promotes local coolness

by Jennifer Anderson
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December 28, 2016

Community calendar, Dec. 28-Jan. 5, 2017

by Kathy Fuller
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December 28, 2016

This and That: a roundup of upcoming events in the greater Portland area

by Kathy Fuller
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FILE PHOTO - Gray whales are migrating south along the Oregon coast for the next few weeks. This week, volunteers will be stationed along the coast to help visitors spot the whales.
December 27, 2016

Whale migration begins as grays head south

by Kathy Fuller
Gray whales are on the move along the Oregon coast headed south to their winter grounds off Baja California, Mexico. Trained…
COURTESY: AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION - People from all walks of life have climbed Mount Hood to raise more than $5 million for lung disease research since 1987. Registration is open now for teams that will start training in January and summit the mountain in June.
December 24, 2016

Climbing for clean air: American Lung Association event trains climbers

by Jennifer Anderson
Climb of Mt. Hood, other peaks raises awareness of lung cancer, which is rising among women.
COURTESY: KENGO KUMA AND ASSOCIATES - The new buildings at Portland Japanese Garden (as in this rendering) were designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma.
December 22, 2016

City's slice of Japan gets bigger, better

by Jennifer Anderson
Portland's Japanese Garden gets $33.5 million expansion, including tea cafe, classroom space.

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Dec 22, 2016

Community briefs

by Kathy Fuller
Local and regional activities and events coming up in January.
Dec 21, 2016

Community calendar

by Kathy Fuller
Events and activities in western Washington County, Dec. 21-30, 2016.
COURTESY: HENRY HIGGINS BOILED BAGELS - Bagels are a central part of the Jewish food tradition. Hanukkah this year runs Dec. 24-Jan. 1.
Dec 21, 2016

Bread and Brew: Top spots for Hanukkah noshing

by Jennifer Anderson
New York-style bagels, pastrami, potato latkes part of holiday feast.
FILE PHOTO - Cozy up at the Walters Cultural Arts Center Tuesday for Tales by the Fire.
Dec 17, 2016

Bag&Baggage actors present readings on romance at annual Tales by the Fire

by Kathy Fuller
Walters Cultural Arts Center hosts B&B actors Cassie Greer and Peter Schuyler.
NEWS-TIMES/HILLSBORO TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Hillsboro resident Linda Holland, shown here in her studio, is the recipient of Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council's 2016 Endowment Award.
Dec 16, 2016

Hillsboro artist, mariachi band awarded for contributions to community

by Michael Sproles
Artist Linda Holland and Hillsboro School District's Una Voz Mariachi Band named Arts & Culture Council Endowment Award winners for…
Dec 15, 2016

Holiday Happenings

by Jason Vondersmith
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Dec 14, 2016

Community calendar

by Kathy Fuller
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COURTESY PHOTO - The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, conducted by Forest Grove resident Brian Oberlin, plays the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro Dec. 16.
Dec 14, 2016

It's all about the MANDOLIN

by Michael Sproles
Oregon Mandolin Orchestra on stage at the Walters Cultural Arts Center this Friday.
FOREST AVENUE PRESS
Dec 13, 2016

Portland's spooky underbelly shimmers

by Kevin Harden
'City of Weird' book tells short tales of otherworldly Portland.
COURTESY PHOTO - 'The Holly Jolly HART Family Christmas Variety Show,' which is a new, original production for the theater, plays one more weekend.
Dec 12, 2016

HART's original holiday variety show hits the mark for fun

by Tina Arth
'Holly Jolly' plays one more weekend at Hillsboro's HART Theatre.
COURTESY PHOTO - Winter Village at Orenco Plaza will be open for ice skating and other winter festivities through Jan. 2.
Dec 10, 2016

Skate the day away at Winter Village

by News-Times/Hillsboro Tribune
Winter Village at Orenco Station Plaza is growing in its second year. More than 5,000 ice skaters turned out last year prompting city…
COURTEYS PHOTO - The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra will play its holiday concert at the Walter Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro on Friday, Dec. 16.
Dec 10, 2016

Mandolin orchestra brings holiday favorites to the Walters

by Kathy Fuller
The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, conducted by Brian Oberlin, returns to the Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro, on…
COURTESY PHOTO - Amanda Houston's painting was selected as the city of Hillsboros official artwork several years ago. The city is soliciting entries for the 2017 selection.
Dec 09, 2016

City, business seek artwork for consideration

by News-Times/Hillsboro Tribune
City of Hillsboro will select a piece of art for 2017 to become official artwork.
COURTESY PHOTO - Find Christmas tree farms with Oregon's Bounty website.
Dec 09, 2016

Find a tree farm at Oregon's Bounty website

by News-Times/Hillsboro Tribune
Looking for the perfect Christmas tree? It’s a click away with Oregon Farm Bureau’s “Oregon’s Bounty” website. Oregon’s Bounty is at…
COURTESY PHOTO - Patty Speight and David Reece play Ralphie's mother and father in Theatre in the Grove's production of  'A Christmas Story.' Carter Dawes, front left, plays Randy and Sam Ruder, front right is Ralphie.
Dec 08, 2016

Theatre in the Grove tells a seldom seen 'Christmas Story'

by Tina Arth
Review says production is 'loaded with comedy and real heart.'
Dec 08, 2016

THIS AND THAT: A roundup of happenings in the greater Portland area

by Kathy Fuller
Here's a roundup from the Portland Tribune of interesting tidbits and happenings in the greater Portland metro area.
Dec 07, 2016

Community calendar

by Kathy Fuller
A listing of events and happenings in western Washington County, Dec. 7-16, 2016.
COURTESY PHOTO - Alpenrose Dairy in Southwest Portland carries on the tradition of Christmas in Dairyville this year with festive decorations and activities.
Dec 07, 2016

Christmas in Dairyville tradition continues

by Pamplin Media Group
Started in 1961, Alpenrose Dairy decks the halls each December with fun and festivities
COURTESY PHOTO - CAROLYN WOOD
Dec 07, 2016

Olympic athlete dives into memories, submerged and vivid

by Michaela Bancud
Four-hundred yards kicking, 400 yards pulling, 400 yards of individual medleys. Do it all over again. Race the clock and beat the…
COURTESY PHOTO - Left to right, Carson Bell, Mark Putnam, Cameron Bell, Courtney Bell and Henley Slepyan star in 'The Holly Jolly HART Family Christmas Variety Show,' which is a new, original production for the theater.
Dec 06, 2016

DOUBLE FEATURE: HART Theatre offers two Christmas shows

by Michael Sproles
'Holly Jolly' a fun variety show while 'Orphan Train' explores meaning of Christmas spirit.