FRIDAY, FEB. 17
Roblox party: The McMinnville Public Library is sponsoring a Roblox party for tweens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the library, 225 N.W. Adams St. The party is open to children ages 9 to 14. Roblox is an MMOG — a “massively multiplayer online game” — created for children to create their own virtual worlds. Volunteers will be available to assist new gamers. Admission is free. Players must arrive before the library’s 5 p.m. closing time. For more information, contact Kris Lutsock at 503-435-5572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18
Garden dedication: The Native Plant Society of Oregon is holding a dedication in memory of Susan Jean Williams at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Carnegie Room at the McMinnville Public Library, 225 N.W. Adams St. Williams, who died in October, was a longtime library and native plant garden volunteer. For more information, call Marna Porath at 503-835-1042.
Aviation exploration: Konect Aviation and Boy Scouts of America are holding a free information session about a local Aviation Explorer Post from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18, at the McMinnville Airport, 4000 S.E. Cirrus Avenue. Attendees will learn about careers in the aviation field, and a guest speaker will talk about being a private pilot. For more information, contact Shanta at 971-413-1927 or email@example.com.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
Public discussion: Friends of the McMinnville Public Library present “Life After War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home” with Jim Lommasson at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Carnegie Room at the library, 225 N.W. Adams St. Lommasson, a photographer who has collected oral histories from returning soldiers, will lead a discussion about these struggles soldiers face. The program is part of the library’s Conversation Project, a free public discussion series. Admission is free. For more information, contact Courtney Terry at 503-435-5554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choir concert: The Linfield College Concert Choir will perform a home tour concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in Ice Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit linfield.edu/arts.
TUESDAY, FEB. 21
Author talk: Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and author, will present “Where Do We Go From Here?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brad Thompson at email@example.com or 503-883-2291.
Bilingual presentation: Unidos Bridging Community will present a bilingual program on how to create an emergency plan for children’s care in the event of detention, deportation or unavailability at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the McMinnville Public Library, 225 N.W. Adams St. Admission is free. For more information, call Sally Goddard at 503-316-3205.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22
Philosophy lectures: Philosophy professor Jay Odenbaugh will present “On the Contrary: How to Think About Climate Skepticism” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall, Linfield College. He’ll give a second lecture, “On the Contrary: How to Think About Climate Communication,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. The talks are part of the college’s annual Walter Powell Philosophy Lecture Series. For more information, contact Leonard Finkelman at 503-883-2760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, FEB. 23
Dinner auction: The McMinnville Downtown Association is hosting the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner and Picadilly Auction from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom, 325 N.E. Third St. Advance tickets are $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Tickets are $45 at the door. For more information, contact the MDA at 503-472-3605 or email@example.com.
FRIDAY, FEB. 24
Food and wine: Bounty of Yamhill County and the Yamhill Enrichment Society present “Cuvee Stroll at The Allison,” a tasting event featuring 15 wineries and 15 artisan food sellers, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at The Allison Inn & Spa, 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit YES, which supports local arts, education, food and agriculture. For more information, call the resort at 503-554-2525.
SATURDAY, FEB. 25
History program: Champoeg State Park is hosting “Champoeg History Cache 2017,” a storytellers’ symposium, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the park auditorium, 8239 N.E. Champoeg Road, St. Paul. For more information, contact Ranger Dan Klug at 503-678-1251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brewery tour: The Oregon Brewers Guild is sponsoring the ninth annual “Zwicklemania,” a mid-Willamette Valley brewery open house and tour, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. McMinnville participants are Heater Allen Brewery, 907 N.E. 10th Ave., and Golden Valley Brewery and Pub, 980 E. Fourth St. Admission is free. For more information, call 971-270-0965 or visit oregoncraftbeer.org/zwicklemania.
Youth concert: BRAVO youth orchestra from Portland, ELM Community Choir and McMinnville High School Symphonic Choir will perform at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the McMinnville High School Auditorium, 615 N.E. 15th St. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to support instrumental music in Yamhill County. For more information, e-mail Robin Pederson at email@example.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
Plant sale: The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual Native Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane, McMinnville. The sale benefits the Miller Woods Educational Center. For more information, call Julie Lorenzen at 503-472-6403.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
Book reading: First Baptist Church of McMinnville presents a book reading and discussion with local author Joe Wilkins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the church, 125 S.E. Cowls St. Wilkins is the author of “The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry” and “When We Were Birds.” For more information, contact Donna Weed at 503-472-7941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
Music festival: The Old School Music Festival and Sleepover will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, and continue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in the gym at the former West Valley Community Campus, 266 S.E. Washington St., Willamina. Bands include Hillstomp, Root Jack, the Jackalope Saints and others. The festival and indoor campout, sponsored by Great Northwest Productions and the Wildwood Hotel, is a fundraiser to benefit WVCC’s cultural projects. Admission for Saturday is $25; free for ages 12 and younger. Sunday admission is free. Tickets and camping reservations can be purchased online at westvalleycommunitycampus.org/music-festival. For more information, contact Katie Vinson at 971-241-3173 or email@example.com.
Dinner fundraiser: McMinnville Christian Academy will hold its annual dinner and auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom, 325 N.E. Third St. The event will include live music, a catered meal, silent and live auctions, raffles and a dessert auction. Proceeds go toward school programs and the purchase of a school bus. Admission is $50. For more information, contact Dianne Massey at 503-472-6076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing workshop: First Baptist Church of McMinnville presents “Layers of the Self,” a writing workshop led by local author Joe Wilkins, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the church, 125 S.E. Cowls St. Participants should bring a pen and paper or a laptop. Lunch will be provided. The workshop is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to sign up, contact Donna Weed at 503-472-7941 or email@example.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9
Rummage sale: First Presbyterian Church is hosting its 80th annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 9 and 10, at the church, 390 N.E. Second St., McMinnville. Proceeds will benefit various mission projects. For more information, call the church office at 503-472-6256.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10
Wine and food: The 24th annual SIP! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic will be held March 10-12 at the Evergreen Space Museum, 500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville. Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature more than 170 vendors, including wineries, food vendors, distillers, cider makers and breweries. General admission is $20. For more information, visit www.sipclassic.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11
Gardening workshop: The Yamhill County Master Gardeners will present their fifth-annual Spring Into Gardening event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St. Nine speakers will give presentations related to the theme “Living Healthy by Gardening.” Admission is $25, $20 for Master Gardeners and $15 for students with advanced registration, or $30 at the door. Lunch, snacks and beverages are included. For more information, contact Jade Wilson at 503-434-8916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book sale: The McMinnville Public Library Friends of the Library is holding a book sale to raise money for the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in the Carnegie Room at the library, 225 N.W. Adams St. Most books are priced for $1 or less. For more information, contact the library at 503-435-5562 or email@example.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12
Band concert: The Second Winds Community Band presents “Space, the Final Frontier,” a concert featuring themes from “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” “E.T.” and other movies, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St. Admission is free. For more information, contact Mark Williams at 503-679-9328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Butterfly gardening: The Yamhill Butterfly Gardeners are hosting a meetup and potluck from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Winter’s Hill Estate Vineyard, 6451 N.E. Hilltop Lane, Dayton. Gardeners will share native plant tips, speak about butterfly gardening and plan projects to promote habitat gardening in Yamhill County. Gardeners of all skill levels are welcome. The event is free; attendees should bring a dish to share. For more information, contact Jeanie Taylor at 206-795-0143 or email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
Dementia care: Northwest Senior and Disability Services is sponsoring “What to Do When Nothing Works: Real Solutions in Dementia Care,” an informational event for family, friends and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg. Joyce Beedle, a registered nurse, will speak on topics including reducing frustration and ideas for care. Admission is free. For more information, call Julie Luedtke at 503-435-3404.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25
Fundraiser celebration: Hope on the Hill is sponsoring a “Young at Heart Celebration” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Leslie Lewis Pavilion at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds, 2070 N.E. Lafayette Ave., McMinnville. The event will feature live music, dancing, drink pairing and a performance by Gallery Theater. Admission is $35 or two passes for $60. Proceeds benefit Hope on the Hill, a program of the Nazarene Church on the Hill offering resources and educational opportunities to those in need. For more information, contact Heidi Lindell at 503-472-8476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Classical music: McMinnville First Baptist Church presents a free classical music concert with the Gould Piano Trio at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the sanctuary of the church, 125 S.E. Cowls St. Admission is free. The event is part of a concert series celebrating the church’s 150th anniversary. For more information, contact Donna Weed at 503-472-7941 or email@example.com.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
Children’s movie: The McMinnville Public Library will show a family movie on the big screen at 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the Carnegie Room, at the library, 225 N.W. Adams St. Admission is free. Children 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For the movie title, contact the Children’s Room at 503-435-5559 a week prior to the showing. For more information, contact Becky Pearson at 503-435-5571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
Old-time farming: The Yamhill Valley Heritage Center will be hosting the Farm Fest and Plowing Competition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at 11275 S.W. Durham Lane, McMinnville. Features include the largest draft animal plowing competition, a blacksmith and other farm demonstrations, food, music and children’s activities. General admission is $8, $4 for ages 6-12, and free for younger children. For more information, call Pam Watts at 503-434-0490.
SATURDAY, MAY 13
Book sale: The McMinnville Public Library Friends of the Library is holding a book sale to raise money for the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Carnegie Room at the library, 225 N.W. Adams St. Most books are priced for $1 or less. For more information, contact the library at 503-435-5562 or email@example.com.