Nepalese music concert, Gem Faire, and Thanksgiving fun runs: 11 things to do this week


How is it nearly Thanksgiving already? Before you know it all the events lists will be filled with holiday offerings, and then it will be the New Year. But there’s still plenty of entertainment to round the final weeks of 2022. This week offers nonholiday music as well as exercise in the form of Thanksgiving day fun runs and salsa dancing lessons.

Although the state-wide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate has lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check venue websites for information on specific COVID safety requirements.

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White Bird Dance welcomes Radical System Art from Vancouver B.C.Image by David Cooper

Radical System Art

White Bird Uncaged Series continues with the return of Shay Kuebler’s Vancouver B.C. company Radical System Art and the U.S. premiere of “Momentum of Isolation.” The show blends dance, theater and martial arts with interactive technology to explore how the digital world can both divide us, and give us powerful ways to connect.

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 17-19, Lincoln Hall, PSU, 1620 S.W. Park Ave.; tickets start at $35; www.whitebird.org.

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The Gem Faire will be held in Hillsboro the weekend of Nov. 18-20. Yooy Nelson

Gem Faire

Hillsboro shoppers can browse from a variety of holiday gifts including beads and jewelry at this show. See also displays and sales of crystals, gems, minerals and fashion accessories all under one roof. Have your jewelry repaired while you shop.

Noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18-20, Westside Commons, 801 N.E. 34th Ave., Hillsboro; $7 admission is good for the whole weekend; gemfaire.com.

“O Fortuna”

The Portland State Chamber Choir, Rose Choir, and Thorn Choir present a program that highlights excerpts from Carl Orff’s world-famous “Carmina Burana” alongside classical music form Monteverdi and Bruckner and Bollywood music by A.R. Rahman.

7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 and 20, First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St.; tickets $7-$15; pdx.edu/music-theater/o-fortuna.

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Son de Cuba performs salsa music at the Walters Art Center in Hillsboro this weekend.Courtesy of Walters Art Center

Salsa Night at the Walters Cultural Arts Center

Winter’s chill is in the air, but the energetic rhythms and joyful beats of Son de Cuba should warm you right up. Start the night with a lesson in salsa dancing, then bust your moves to live music at the Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro.

7 p.m. instruction, 8 p.m. dancing Friday, Nov. 18, at the Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro; tickets $12 advance, $14 day of; Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts.

Satori Men’s Chorus

In a season of traditions, the men’s chorus offers “By the Fireside,” a program of joyous and reassuring music. Songs include Phillip Phillips’ “Home,” “Homeward Bound” by Marta Keen, and Randall Thompson’s setting of Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Unity of Portland, 4525 S.E. Stark St.; $7-$15; satorichorus.org.

Clark College Jazz Band

Doug Harris directs the Clark College Jazz Band in its fall concert offering pieces with a Cuban flare written by guest composer and percussionist Michele Fernandez. The Union High School Jazz Band will also perform.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Gaiser Student Center, Clark College Campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver; free admission.

Nepalese musical concert

In celebration of 75 years of U.S./Nepal diplomatic relationships, Nepalese musical group Sur Sudha and the Oregon Nepal community share in an evening of healing music. Tickets in advance are recommended.

5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Central Lutheran Church, 1820 N.E. 21st Ave.; tickets start at $25; nepaloregon.org/sur-sudha-healing-thru-music-concert-2022/.

“The Roaring 20s”

Conductor Jeff Hornick directs the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra in a program of music from the 1920s including “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin,”Tahiti Trot” by Vincent Youmans; “Scherzo” by Felix Mendelssohn and work byVivaldi. The program also includes the world premiere of “Symphony No. 1 in D Minor ‘Pandemic’” by Camilo Aybar.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Hidden Creek Community Center, 5100 N.E. Hidden Creek Drive, Hillsboro; admission $10-$12; hillsborosymphony.org.

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The Milwaukie Grange Hall will host a bagpipe swap meet Sunday, Nov. 20.Image by Nicole Severson

Bagpipe Swap Meet

Pipers get ready! This Sunday musicians will gather to swap and sell bagpipes, drums, attire, and more at the Milwaukie Grange. Listen to live music by Preston Howard and Micah Babinski. The event is open to all. Browse the outdoor tent and tables and maybe take a turn on some Highland pipes.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Milwaukie Grange Hall, 12015 S.E. 22nd Ave.; free.

Sophie Buddle

Buddle was the first woman to win Canada’s JUNO Award for best comedy album. The comic, actress, and writer visits Portland with edgy jokes from a decidedly female point of view.

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave.; tickets $20; portland.heliumcomedy.com/shows.

29th annual CEA/JFI Turkey Trot 5K Run

Several fun runs are happening around the metro area on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24. File photo. Rich Maxwell | for NJ Advance Media

Thanksgiving day fun runs

Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving? If you’re the type to get in a 5-mile run to make up for all that pumpkin pie, several family fun runs are happening this year. Some of them are fundraisers for special causes.

  • Oregon Zoo Turkey Trot: Runners can choose among a 4-mile run, the Tot Trot or Diaper Dash during this annual event. Runners and walkers welcome. Start at the Oregon Zoo, run through the International Rose Garden and finish on the zoo grounds. Costumes are encouraged. 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road; registrations prices vary, $47 for 4-mile route; runsignup.com/Race/OR/Portland/ORRCTurkeyTrotattheZoo.
  • West Linn Turkey Trot Trail Race: Paula Events hosts this annual holiday tradition. Choose from 3.8 miles or the 0.5-mile kids trot. The run is mostly on bark covered or dirt trails within the park. 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Drive, West Linn; $25 general, kids run $10; runwithpaula.com/turkey-trot-2022/.
  • Clark County Turkey Trot: Race includes a 5 or 10K option. Courses available for running anytime between 8 and 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Clark County Food Bank. Kicks off 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, Salmon Creek Park, 1112 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver; $25 (park may require parking/day use fee); clarkcountyfoodbank.org/turkey-trot.
  • Ridgefield Turkey Trot: Fun run includes a shorter kids’ route, and a 5K. Begins and ends at Union Ridge Elementary School. 7:45 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 24 at the school, 330 N. Fifth Ave, Ridgefield Wash; $20-$25 register online: ridgefieldpsf.org/events.
  • Sherwood Give n’ Gobble: Money and food donations from the annual Give n’ Gobble go to Helping Hands Food Bank. Choose from 5 or 10K routes. Walk route begins 8:50 a.m., runs at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, Sherwood Middle School, 16956 S.W. Meinecke Road; registration $43-$50; givengobble.com

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— Rosemarie Stein

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