Crème de la Corvallis, Week of Jan 3

Thursday, January 3

Winter Break Game Day – with Virtual Reality

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 2 p.m. Free.

When the library invites you to play with VR and also busts out all of their cool board games, you don’t question it, you just go. Kids of all ages and their families are welcome. Visit, https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/ for more info.    

READ Dogs: Read to a Dog

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 3:30 p.m. Free.

Do you think your kid would be into practicing their reading… on a doggie? Because who wouldn’t, seriously! Trained therapy dogs will be hanging out, listening to tales as spun by your spawn. This actually happens a couple of times a month – online permission slip required. Visit, https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/ for more info.           

Friday, January 4

Music a la Carte

Oregon State University, Memorial Union Lounge, MU, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. Fridays. 12 p.m. Free.

What’s that, your New Year’s resolution is all about enjoying free, lunch-time concert series’? Wow, how convenient! Music a la Carte has been a staple at Oregon State University since the late 60s, and includes a diversity of musical ensembles featuring students and faculty, but also guests from all over the country and beyond. For info, visit mu.oregonstate.edu/main/ music-la-carte.

OSUsed Store Sale

Property Services Building, OSU Campus, 644 SW 13 St., Corvallis. Fridays, 12 – 3 p.m.

Also open on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., if you have never checked this out, you might want to correct that. They basically have… everything. It’s like a zoo of stuff being phased out of use by the University and is kind of fun to browse even if you aren’t buying anything. And if you are, it’s super cheap. For info, visit fa.oregonstate.edu.

Corvallis Ukulele Cabaret

First Alternative Coop South Meeting Room, 1007 SE 3rd St. 7-9 p.m. Free.

A free, monthly uke open mic jam. All skill levels are welcome, and it runs on the first Friday of every month (except in July and November, but we don’t have to worry about that right now). Contact, jeannemholmes@aol.com for more info or call: 541 602-5537.  

Pete Kozak

Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Tea, snacks, and tunes. Everyone loves Imagine Coffee for a reason. Visit, https://imaginecoffee.net/ for more info.                    

Saturday, January 5

Family Movie Marathon

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 11 a.m. Free.

Who are they kidding, this is just for the adults, right? Cinderella, Lady & the Tramp, Ferdinand, Aristocats, and (the original, good version of) Jungle Book. Classics if there ever were any, and you don’t have to pay a cent to enjoy them. Visit, https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/ for more info.   

Kulululu, Gnarsh Mellow, and Smear

DeMaggio’s New York Pizza, 151 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9 p.m. $5.

Has there ever been a show with so many bands with awesome names? Probably not. And guess what else? All three are pretty great. Check them out for yourself (https://kulululu.bandcamp.com/, https://gnarshmellow.bandcamp.com/, https://smearmusic.bandcamp.com/), or visit, https://demaggiospizza.com for more info.    

Sunday, January 6

First Sunday Vocal Jam Circle

First Alternative Coop South Meeting Room, 1007 SE 3rd St. 4:30-6 p.m. Free.

A really fun group that meets in celebration of acapella. No matter your skill (or confidence level), the environment here is really inviting and I’m sure you’ll be glad you went. Contact, fiddleroad@peak.org for more info.              

Tuesday, January 8

Graphic Novel Book Club Meeting

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Every first Tuesday of the month one of the coolest clubs around meets in the basement of the Library and geeks out on the current graphic novel fare. At the moment they’re looking at the fantastic Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud, and you can snag a copy at the reference desk on the second floor. Visit, https://cbcpubliclibrary.net/graphic-novels/ for more info.      

Wednesday, January 9

Trivia Smackdown Begins

DeMaggio’s New York Pizza, 151 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8 p.m. $5.

Corvallis just got a new trivia night, and you’re invited. Apparently they’re going to be busting the traditional trivia formula wide open, but you’ve got to check it out to find out how. Teams should sign up somewhere between 8-8:30pm, and can have up to six people. Organizers also note that the cover is cash only, as it goes directly towards prizes for the winners (DeMaggio’s doesn’t keep any of it). Visit, https://demaggiospizza.com for more info.    

Thursday, January 10

Guitar Group

Community Outreach Inc., 865 NW Reiman Ave., Corvallis. 10:10 – 11 a.m. Thursdays.

A group for guitar players of all kinds, no matter the skill level. This weekly meetup is all about networking with fellow players, talking guitar, jamming, and learning new music. Contact, tpos@communityoutreachinc.org for more info.   

By Johnny Beaver

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