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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Pacific Northwest Peony Society is having its 18th annual meeting March 8 at the Holiday Inn, 25425 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All people are welcome, home gardeners, landscapers, growers, hobbyists and peony lovers. The meeting topics for the day are: growing peonies from seed, weed control and marketing. Also included is a planting demonstration for any new peony grower and the annual auction with peony plants, collectables and more. A meeting registration fee of $25.00 includes breakfast, lunch, and other snacks. Visit pnwpeony.org to print out a registration form for pre-registration or you can walk-in and register the day of the meeting. For more information visit pnwpeony.org or call 503-393-6185.

COMMUNITY

Child Advocates Inc. is recruiting volunteers to serve as court-appointed special advocates. CASAs are trained citizens appointed by a judge to advocate for children who, through no fault of their own, have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care. CASAs act as the eyes and ears of the court, gathering information to make recommendations that are in the best interest of the child(ren) they represent. Their input provides the judge with information that is impartial and independent. Orientations are held once a month from 6 to 7 p.m. at 421 High St., suite 220, Oregon City. Upcoming dates are March 5, April 2, May 7 and June 4. For more information, visit casa-cc.org or call 503-723-0521.


Valley Repertory Theatre announces open auditions for its upcoming production of “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon. Held 6-9 p.m. March 5 at the Chehalem Cultural Center BlackBox Theater, 415 E. Sheridan, Newberg, auditions are open to actors age 17 and older of all ethnicities and skill levels. Actors are encouraged to prepare a 60-90 second comedic monologue of their choosing. More information about the company and the auditions can be found online at valleyrep.org.


McMenamins will hold a meet the brewer and special beer tasting March 6 from 5 p.m. until the beer is gone. Talk to the brewers, ask questions and enjoy happy hour. For ages 21 and older. Wilsonville Old Church and Pub is located at 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road.


The Wilsonville Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. March 6 in the Fireplace Room of the Charbonneau Country Club, 32000 SW Charbonneau Drive. The speaker will be Carol Westergreen from Out in the Garden Nursery who will discuss winter-flowering plants. Plants will be available for purchase. Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend.


Clackamas County Arts Alliance will host a special event for artists, teachers and students working in all mediums of art from noon to 6 p.m. March 6 at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego. The event is a tools and technique trade show; people can test and sample products and artists will demonstrate techniques. Most trade show events are free to the public, a modest fee is charged for workshops and lectures. Door prizes will be offered throughout the day. Admission is free, but the first 50 people who register will be entered into a special prize drawing. Information about the organization can be found at clackamasartsalliance.org. For information about Art Extravaganza call Elizabeth Klein at 503-655-0525.


A spring garden art showcase will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. March 6 at Trudy’s Living Room, 9740 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville. The art event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. For more details visit trudyslivingroom.com.


US Bank in Wilsonville will host a free secure shredding event at the US Bank branch on Town Center Loop across from Bullwinkles on March 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The general public and business community is invited to attend. This event is free and no registration is required. For questions or additional information, contact Josh Dalglish at 503-682-4883 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Jazz at the Grill at Langdon Farms Golf Club, 24377 NE Airport Road, Aurora, will be held March 7 from 5:30 p.m. until closing. Pianist Ray Hardiman, bassist Craig Snazelle, drummer Dave Avere and jazz vocalist Rebecca Hardiman will perform. For more information, visit langdonfarms.com.


Grace Chapel is holding a community rummage sale March 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. and March 8 from 9 a.m. to noon (everything half price) at 9600 SW Boeckman Road, Wilsonville. All proceeds of the sale will be used to fight hunger and poverty in the Wilsonville community. Donations for the sale can be dropped off March 2 from 2 to 6 p.m., March 3-5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. To schedule a pick up, call 503-454-6852. For more information, visit wilsonvillerummagesale.com.


The District 63 firefighters will host its annual bingo night March 8 at the Donald Fire Station. The event will start with hamburgers and hot dogs at 6 p.m. and bingo games follow dinner. There will be door prizes. The bingo games raise funds for equipment and community events. To donate a door prize or make a cash contribution to the event, contact the district office at 503-678-5966.


Authors Sarah Swanson and Max Smith will share stories and facts about birds, birding and the writing of their book, “Must See Birds of the Pacific Northwest: 85 Unforgettable Species, Their Fascinating Lives and How to Find Them,” followed by a book signing March 8 at 2 p.m. at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Highway, Sherwood. For more information, visit friendsoftualatinrefuge.org or call 503-625-5944.


Peter Yeates with Rob Barrick, Eddie Parente and Ken Larsen will be in Tualatin for the Second Saturday Community Concert on March 8 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Winona Grange, 8340 SW Seneca St., Tualatin. Yeates is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Dublin Ireland. Advance general admission tickets are $17 and $12 for veterans and students. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/564389.


The Pacific Northwest Peony Society is having its 18th annual meeting March 8 at the Holiday Inn, 25425 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to home gardeners, landscapers, growers, hobbyists and peony lovers, the public is welcome. The meeting topics for the day are: growing peonies from seed, weed control and marketing. Also included is a planting demonstration for any new peony grower and the annual auction with peony plants, collectables and more. A meeting registration fee of $25 includes breakfast, lunch, and other snacks. Details and registration: pnwpeony.org or call 503-393-6185.


Volunteer planting and tree care events will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 at Wilsonville Community Garden. Contact Andy or Jenny of Friends of Trees at 503-595-0213 or visit ci.wilsonville.or.us/Index.aspx?page=11&recordid=3232.


Oregon Institute of Technology’s Tech OWLs in Action club and Solar Oregon, a Portland-based solar nonprofit, will collaborate with the Wilsonville Public Library to hold a free residential solar PV workshop March 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. The workshop will cover how solar works in Oregon’s climate, available technologies, purchase and leasing options, as well as incentives and tax credits that can lower the costs of solar by up to 75 percent.


Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project seeks volunteers interested in fieldwork monitoring Western bluebird nesting activity. An informational and basic training workshop will be presented by current volunteers at the auditorium at Champoeg State Heritage Area Visitors Center, 8239 Champoeg Road NE, St. Paul, on March 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The bluebird monitoring routes are in Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill, Multnomah and a portion of Marion counties. Register at prescottbluebird.com. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The Old Aurora Colony is hosting the 32nd annual Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase on March 8 and 9 at the Old Aurora Colony Museum. The event is produced every year by community supporters and the Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild. The Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase benefits the Old Aurora Colony Museum. Admission is $6 per adult; seniors/AAA $5; or students $2. More than 30 spinners will be demonstrating this ancient art and craft. The Old Aurora Colony Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 8 and noon to 4 p.m. March 9. For more information, visit auroracolony.org or call 503-678-5754. 

 


The Northwest Writers and Publishers Association and the Tualatin Public Library are hosting “Writers’ Block” with Carolyn J. Rose and Mike Nettleton from 7 to 8 p.m. March 11. The library is located at 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin. There is no charge for NWPA members or students 17 and younger, $10 for guests. For more information, visit northwestwriterspublishers.weebly.com or call Veronica Esagui at 503-913-6006.


Sherwood Foundation of the Arts is one of the last organizations to receive the rights to “Les Miserables” before it heads back to Broadway for a two-year run. It will be presented at Stella Olson Park, 15527 SW Willamette St., Sherwood, on July 24, 25 and 26. Auditions for the production are March 13, 14 and 15 by appointment. Those interested should download an audition form at sherwoodarts.org and be prepared to sing 32 bars of music from a Broadway song similar in character to the role you are most interested in playing. Children interested in playing Little Cosette must sing “Castle on a Cloud” and Gavroche must sing his part of “Look Down.” For more information, visit the webpage or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Authors Stevan Allred and Dan Berne will read from their work at Clackamas Community College’s Oregon City campus on March 13 from noon to 1 p.m. The readings will take place in the Literary Arts Center at CCC’s Roger Rook Hall, Room 220. Allred’s “A Simplified Map of the Real World,” a collection of linked short stories, was published in 2013. Allred teaches creative writing with Joanna Rose at The Pinewood Table in Portland. Berne’s short stories and poetry have been published in literary magazines, and he won a literary award from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Berne owns a market strategy consultancy and is currently writing a book on market transformation. “The Gods of Second Chances” is his debut novel published in March 2014. This event is hosted by CCC’s English Department. For more information, call 503-594-3260 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Jazz at the Grill at Langdon Farms Golf Club, 24377 NE Airport Road, Aurora, will be held March 14 from 5:30 p.m. until closing. Pianist Ray Hardiman, bassist Dave Captein, drummer Mark Aalto and jazz vocalist Rebecca Hardiman will perform. For more information, visit langdonfarms.com.


This winter Oregon State Parks in association with Friends of Historic Champoeg is presenting a series of live demonstrations, presentations and talks about the history, people and crafts of the 19th and early 20th century at Champoeg. The events run from noon to 3 p.m. Each talk runs 40 minutes with a 20-minute break between. Visitors can come for a specific topic or stay for all three. The remaining date is March 15. The event is free with the purchase of a $5 per vehicle day-use parking permit or a state parks season pass. For more information, call 503-678-1251 or visit champoeg.org.


Women of Worth will meet March 20 from noon to 2 p.m. for lunch at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin. Women of Worth is a monthly luncheon for women ages 50 and beyond. Enjoy a meal and hear from resident speaker Becky Herbst share about “The Wonder of Friendship.” Open to the public, tickets are $12, after March 16 they are $15. For tickets or details, call Kate Schafroth at 503-638-5900 or email Mary Boehr at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Wilsonville Community Garden registration opens March 20 at 8 a.m. The garden has 58 in-ground plots, 15 raised beds, on-site water, a compost area and is protected by a deer fence. It is located down Schroeder Way just off Wilsonville Road. Gardeners must come to the community center to register in person and pick their plots. For more information, contact Brian Stevenson at 503-570-1523.


Jazz at the Grill at Langdon Farms Golf Club, 24377 NE Airport Road, Aurora, will be held March 21 from 5:30 p.m. until closing. Pianist Ray Hardiman, bassist Whitney Moulton, drummer Kurt Deutscher and jazz vocalist Rebecca Hardiman will perform. For more information, visit langdonfarms.com.


Jazz at the Grill at Langdon Farms Golf Club, 24377 NE Airport Road, Aurora, will be held March 28 from 5:30 p.m. until closing. Pianist Ray Hardiman, bassist Dennis Captein, drummer Kurt Deutscher and jazz vocalist Rebecca Hardiman will perform. For more information, visit langdonfarms.com.


The New Century Players will perform “Lend Me a Tenor” at Rex Putnam Blackbox Theater, 4950 SE Roethe Road, Milwaukie. This is a madcap, screwball comedy that takes place in London’s West End and is directed by Tony Bump. Performance dates are April 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $18 and students and seniors are $12. For more information, visit newcenturyplayers.org or call 503-367-2620.

POLITICS

Clackamas County is developing a strategic plan to provide direction and guidance for county departments for projects and services impacting the community over the next several years. The public is invited share feedback on the question: “What are the most important issues the residents of Clackamas County and the county government will be facing over the next two to five years?” The event is scheduled for March 5 at the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be hosted by Managing Results LLC, which is assisting in the strategic planning process.


The Wilsonville Development Review Board Panel A will meet March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop E, to hear a proposal for the development of eight single-family residential lots - Renaissance at Canyon Creek II. For more information, visit ci.wilsonville.or.us.


The Wilsonville City Council will hold a work session March 17 at 5 p.m. with a regular meeting following at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at city hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop E. For more information, visit ci.wilsonville.or.us.


The Wilsonville Development Review Board Panel B will meet March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop E. For more information, visit ci.wilsonville.or.us.

FAITH

Taizé Services are being held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wilsonville at 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Taizé worship consists of four elements: meditative singing, scripture, prayer and silence. St. Francis is located at 8818 SW Miley Road. Open to the public. Details: 503-678-5422 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Calling all women: You are invited to ONE, a women’s community Bible study winter/spring session running through April 30 at Community of Hope Church on Stafford Road. This is a weekly study through the book of Ephesians with worship, teaching and small group time. Child care provided and all women welcome. Details: onebible.webs.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ONGOING

Free tax help is available at the Wilsonville Public Library on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. through April 12. A volunteer CPA will be at the library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, ready to answer questions and/or help fill out tax forms. Bring all necessary documentation and 2013 tax records. For more information, contact the reference desk at 503-682-2744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The city of Wilsonville and Friends of Trees are looking for volunteers to adopt a portion of the pollinator hedgerow adjacent to the community garden. The hedgerow has a number of established native shrubs and flowers, but advocates want to add additional plants and have individuals assist with weeding. For more information, contact Logan Lauvray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-467-2515. 


Make business connections before starting your work day. The Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce Morning Spark networking event is open to all members of the chamber of commerce. Nonmembers may attend two events before joining the chamber. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at various locations around town. Visit wilsonvillechamber.com to get specific location details.


The Wilsonville Community Center hosts weekly tai chi drop-in classes on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. This is an opportunity for tai chi participants to practice their form and postures, as well as to improve balance, flexibility and relaxation. The practice is led by Wes Morris, who studies with the center’s tai chi instructor, James Lusk. There is a $1 fee. The center is located at 7965 SW Wilsonville Road. For more information, call 503-682-3727.


The Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Last Call Business After Hours networking event is open to all members of the chamber. Nonmembers may attend two of these events before joining the chamber. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. at various locations. Visit wilsonvillechamber.com to get specific location details.


A community playgroup is held at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin, on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The free group is open to parents and children 5 and younger. For more information, call 503-655-8601.


The Wilsonville Knit ‘n’ Spin group meets Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. This is a friendly, weekly gathering spot for all knitters and spinners. All skill levels are welcome. Bring your spinning wheels or knitting projects. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


A weekly trivia event is held Wednesdays at the BooneTown Bistro and Bar, 24925 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, inside the Holiday Inn. It starts at 6:30 p.m. with accompanying drink specials, prizes and trivia. It’s free and open to adults, 21 and older. Details: 503-682-5593 or boonetownbistroandbar.com.


Thursday is trivia night at The Beer Station, 8633 SW Main St. Starting at 7 p.m. each Thursday, this gathering offers fun, beer and current events in one location. Details: pdxbeerstation.com.


Irish Culture in Tualatin is ongoing at Historic Winona Grange No. 271, located at 8340 SW Seneca St., Tualatin. There are Irish dance classes (Céilí) for those 13 years old and up from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the year. Cost is $5 per person. Open to the public. Details: 503-691-2078, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sandairishentertainment.com.


The McLoughlin House unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is now open to the public following its annual winter closure. Victorian cultural demonstrations resume in March. These hands-on craft and culture demonstrations will take place the second Saturday of the month through October. The McLoughlin House is accessible by free, guided tours that begin at the Barclay House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. The Barclay House is open to the public Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.




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