Thursday, March 9
Ninth Annual Sustainability Fair. CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 5 – 7 p.m. Free. What do you call a fair that is about to happen for the ninth time? Sustainable. Alright, that was my joke for the day. The fair features these thingies: over “50 local exhibitors, a Kids’ Activity Room, buffet of local organic food provided by Valley Catering, music by the Nick Rivard Jazz Duo, and breakout presentations by the Community Food Land Trust and Oregon Clean Power Cooperative.” Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, OSU Sustainability Office, Block 15, Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, First Alternative Co-op, and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. For info, contact email@example.com or 541-230-1237.
Free Range Open Mic. Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First Ave., Corvallis. 8 p.m. Free.
If you’re into open mics (and even if you’re not), Free Range is a friendly, robust, must-attend event at the heart of the local music scene. And the best part? It occurs regularly! Once you get a taste you’ll definitely be back. For info, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Friday, March 10
Family Movie Swim. Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Dr., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m. General Admission.
Do I really have to pull your leg when it comes to watching a movie while swimming? Didn’t think of it before, but it sounds awesome? Yes indeed. Put on your swimmin’ shorts (or something else appropriate) and head on over to the Osborn Aquatic Center. A different family-friendly movie shown pool side each month. For more info, call 541-766-7946.
Adam Larson + Paddy McGovern. Cloud and Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW First Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Jam your hear holes up with tasty country favorites and originals alike with Adam Larson. Opening the show will be Paddy McGovern. Unless the rug has been pulled out, both of these class acts are a part of the Lonesome Valley Rounders (you may know them as the Grange Hall Drifters, which you should absolutely check out if you’re into old time radness (radness is a lame word, but I stand by it). Just search them up via Facebook, YouTube or Spotify. They write the kind of music that really sucks to ever turn off. For more info, visit www.cloudandkellys.com.
Saturday, March 11
Games Day. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 2–5 p.m. Free.
A bunch of board, card and video games ripe for the playing? Howabout yes. Very yes. All ages welcome, but space is first come, first serve. Next to sleeping really late, this is probably the best thing you can do with your Saturday (and its also a great excuse to check out some books!). For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Scratchdog Stringband + Wooden Sleepers. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. $5.
I’m not too familiar with openers Wooden Sleepers (a folk-grass trio out of PDX), but if they’re playing with the Scratchdog Stringband, they’re gonna be great. Described as “danceable old-time music with that young and timeless feeling,” I couldn’t word it better myself. An excellent show if you find yourself free this Saturday. And if you’re not free, make like a tree and leave… your plans behind. Please don’t tell anyone I just wrote that. For info, visit www.bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Sunday, March 12
The Hemp & Cannabis Fair. Benton County Fairground, 110 SW 53rd St, Corvallis. Free.
I can’t imagine anyone from around here with find this interesting, but here you go… and yes, that was some thinly veiled sarcasm. If hemp products, dispensaries, medicinal uses, horticulture, vaping, etc. are up your alley, then your alley is just off of 53rd street. See what I did there? I’m on fire this week. For info, www.thcfair.com.
It’s theatre Sunday, everybody. What, there’s no such thing? Well, there is now. Boom is an excellent play about two students, the promise of planet-moving sex, deserted islands, fish and the end of civilization. And that’s a pretty terrible description, but you should check it out anyway. Theatre is good for the soul. Tickets available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/theatre, and in person at the Withycombe Hall Box Office. For info, call 541-737-2784.
Monday, March 13
Corvallis Science Pub. Old World Deli, 341 Second St., Corvallis. 6-8 p.m. Free.
Another month, another Science Pub. And we’re so thankful for it. One of the best recurring events we’ve got, if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out. This time around Yiğit Mengüç of OSU’s College of Engineering will present “Soft Robots: Machines inspired by snakes, lizards and other squishy things.” The atmosphere is informal, there’s great beer and food, and you can ask silly questions until the cows come home with no judgments. For more information, visit terra.oregonstate.edu/science-pub-corvallis. Or just show up (recommended).
Open Kayak/Water Polo. Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Dr., Corvallis. 8-10 p.m. $6 per person.
Do you know why I love Corvallis? Because of events like this. Bring your own kayak and paddle to swoop around the indoor 50 m pool. Practice skills and pick up new ones at Open Water Polo. Seriously, this is a thing, and it sounds amazing. They just ask that you arrive by 8:30 p.m. for payment of general admission.
Tuesday, March 14
League of Women Voters. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
The League of Women Voters continue to offer fantastic panels to the public, this time asking the question: what’s in the air? A discussion on air quality and its effect on health will be hosted by Marilyn Koenitzer of LWV. Topics will include a wide angle look at air pollution, with a focus on Hollingsworth and Vose glass fiber plant’s journey towards a new air quality permit. Also speaking will be executive director of Beyond Toxics Lisa Arkin (on air quality improvement and legislation), as well as Dr. Diana Rohlman, PhD, OSU, a toxicologist in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. For info, visit lwv.corvallis.or.us.
International Security and Nuclear Weapons in the Trump Years. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free.
If our orange leader hasn’t already pushed you beyond your stress threshold, this is definitely something you’re going to want to attend. Reiner Braun, co-President of International Peace Bureau (IPB), and Kevin Martin, president of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund, both speak on the global response to Trump’s ascension, “Nuclear Disarmament, NATO, Military Research in Universities, and Renewed European Militarism.” The event is sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Corvallis; Veterans for Peace Linus Pauling Branch and OSU School of History, Philosophy and Religion – “Year of Peace Literacy” project.
Wednesday, March 15
The Era of Megafires. The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m. Free.
So… the title here says “Megafire” in it, and frankly that’s enough. Though if you want to extend your interest beyond flashbacks of catching late night Beavis and Butthead in your youth, there’s certainly a lot of interest and depth to be had. Sponsored by the NW Fire Science Consortium along with Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program, this is a film that “focuses on how society can shift cultural views of fire, learn to embrace it as an inevitable and crucial to natural landscapes, and finally, learn to co-exist with it more peacefully through learning, adaptation, and pro-action.” Perfect for Oregonians who love Oregon. For fire-supressing info, visit calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/123499/.
Thursday, March 16
Microbiomes: Imagining the Unseen – Reception. Little Gallery, Kidder Hall 2000 SW Campus Way, Corvallis. 4-7 p.m. Free. You may have missed the Little Gallery due to its size… okay, that was terrible, let me start over. The Little Gallery on campus will be showcasing work from a handful of local artists who have reimagined the beauty of microbial science and ecosystems. As they put it, “this collection of abstract and stylized visual art exemplifies the inquisitive and inventive nature of the human mind in its quest to understand the mystique that lies in the unseen reaches of our planet.” The show is sponsored by the OSU College of Science, along with the College of Liberal Arts and the SPARK Arts + Science initiative. For some artsy info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.