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Thursday, April 16

Beer Tastings. First Alternative Coop, North Store, 2855 NW Grant Ave. 5 – 7 p.m. Featuring Oregon Trail Brewery. For info, visit http://firstalt.coop.

Meet the Author: Kristin Ohlson. Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 SW 2nd St. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free. A freelance journalist, author, essayist ,and fiction writer, almost no topic escapes Kristin’s curiosity. In The Soil Will Save Us, Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for “our great green hope”–a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon–and potentially reverse global warming.

Rough Jazz. Calapooia Brewing, 140 NW Hill St., Albany. 7 p.m. CBC continues the tradition of featuring the best in local live music every week.

Freerange Open Mic. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 8 p.m. No cover. In the spirit of fostering camaraderie in the Corvallis music scene and creation of new bands/projects, we give you Freerange Open Mic Night!

Curtis Monette. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free. For over 10 years, this local guitar legend has been looping, singing, and shredding with friends from audiophilia at Bombs Away. Make tonight the night to hear this very talented axman.

Buckin’ Thursday Western Night. Jack Okole’s Bar & Grill, 140 NW 3rd St. 10 p.m. Cover: $2. For ages 21 and older. The premier Western night.

 

Friday, April 17

Insight Meditation Group. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle Blvd. 10:30 a.m. Free. A small, friendly meditation group practicing in the Insight Meditation (Theravada Buddhist) tradition. Everyone is welcome. For info, contact maryleigh.burke@gmail.com.

Music à la Carte. Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 SW Jefferson Way. 12 – 12:45 p.m. Free. Anthea Kreston, violin, with Asya Gulia, piano. Bring a lunch or purchase something from one of several restaurants in the MU. For info, contact 541-737-4061 or erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu.

Walking with Poles for Mobility and Exercise. Yoga Center of Corvallis, 111 NW 2nd St. 1:30 – 3 p.m. Fridays through May 1. Cost: $45. Designed for people experiencing balance or walking challenges and those who want to experience enhanced uprightness, flexibility, comfort, and confidence in walking. Learn to adjust and properly use walking poles in varied situations while restoring flexibility and enhancing upright posture. Poles available if needed. Class size limited. For info, contact Marg Bartosek at 541-286-4678 or margbartosek@gmail.com.

Hard Cider Tasting. First Alternative Coop, South Store, 1007 SE 3rd St. 5 – 7 p.m. Featuring 2 Towns Ciderhouse. For info, visit http://firstalt.coop.

River Rocks Band. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Free.  Folk rock music. For info, visit http://imaginecoffee.net.

Danse Quixotic. The Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 8 p.m. Cost: $5 to $15. Willamette Apprentice Ballet is pleased to present Danse Quixotic, an evening of dance that features excerpts from the 19th century classical ballets Don Quixote and Sylvia. Includes guest performers from Corvallis Academy of Ballet, East West Dance, and Legacy Ballet of Albany. Three graduating seniors will be featured in solo variations throughout the performances. For info or tickets, visit www.majestic.org/willamette-apprentice-ballet.

Flashback Friday. Jack Okole’s Bar & Grill, 140 NW 3rd St. 9 p.m. Country music flashback with DJ Jess. For info, visit www.facebook.com/jackokoles.

Comedy Night. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. No cover. Comedian and former Corvallis resident Jeff Oliver hosts a night of stand-up comedy. For info, call 541-757-7221 or visit http://bombsawaycafe.com/music-art.

The Low Down. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Fridays. No cover. A festive dance party showcasing local DJs. For info, visit http://cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife.

 

Saturday, April 18

Day of Sharing Benefit. Many Hands Trading, 259 SW Madison Ave. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Many Hands Trading will donate 25% of total sales to benefit the child abuse prevention, assessment, and medical programs provided by the ABC House. For info, call 541-738-0808.

James Warren’s Story Time for Kids. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 10 a.m. Free. For info, visit http://imaginecoffee.net.

Just a Game Con. Elks Lodge, 1400 NW 9th St. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $8 per day, $12 for the weekend. A bi-annual gaming convention organized and run by Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics and volunteers. In addition to having a huge library of games that can be rented for free, they will have various gaming events throughout the weekend. For info, visit www.justagamecon.com/schedule-of-events.

Spring Open House. Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy. 20. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free. Welcome spring by celebrating at Garland’s 78th anniversary party. The weekend is packed with amazing classes and great guests. For info, call 541-753-6601 or visit http://garlandnursery.com/events.html.

Procession of the Species Parade. Helen Berg Plaza, Riverfront Commemorative Park, 1st St. 12:30 p.m. Free. Using the mediums of art, music, and dance, the parade gives the natural world a greater presence in our community just prior to Earth Day. Costumed creations of the beings of earth, air, water, and fire (the latter being extinct and fantasy species), in addition to individuals wearing masks, carrying flags and banners or playing instruments, and the possibility of giant puppets and dragons showing up, will be a part of it. The Corvallis High School Drumline will be performing. For info, call 541-766-6918.

OSU 60th Annual Luau: Rooted in the Pacific. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. 5 – 8 p.m. Cost: $12 ($9 for OSU students). Features entertainment by Hui O Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Club, a Hawaiian dinner (served at 5:30 p.m.) and the Pacific Island Dance Revue. For info, call 808-457-2520 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/events.

Benefit Concert Series for a Better World. Sunnyside Up Café, 116 NW 3rd St. 6 – 8 p.m. Suggested donation: $5 to $15. Featuring RiverRocks Band with members Laurie Childers (piano and guitar), Mina Carson (guitar and violin), Ed Dee (guitar), Seth Bernstein (percussion), Bill Veley (bass), and Michael Everett (violin). Proceeds benefit Global Nutrition Empowerment, a nonprofit, Corvallis-based organization dedicated to improving nutrition in developing countries. For info, visit www.globalnutritionempowerment.org.

‘Roots to Rivers; Where Land, Water, and Agriculture Meet.The Vue, 517 SW 2nd St. 6 – 9:30 p.m. Cost: $65 for adults, $40 for students. A benefit dinner and silent auction to support Calapooia Watershed Council, Greenbelt Land Trust, Marys River Watershed Council, and the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District. Guests will enjoy a delicious Mediterranean feast showcasing local foods and the finest local craft brews and wines. A silent auction will feature unique services and adventures such as a garden package, a day of home carpentry services, and a McKenzie River fly fishing trip for two. The evening’s entertainment will include strolling minstrels, tarot readings, and jugglers, and as the evening stars come out, we will dance the night away to acclaimed local musicians, Jazzopolis. For info or tickets, visit www.rootstorivers.org.

Earth Ball 2015: An All-Species Masquerade & Celebration. Sky High Brewing Rooftop, 160 NW Jackson Ave. 6 – 10 p.m. Cost: $14 (includes a free commemorative pint glass for the first 120 guests and entry into a special door prize). Presenting sponsor Sky High Brewing has prepared a delicious beer in our honor, Fender Blues Organic IPA. Fender Blues is available now at Sky High and a portion of the sales of the entire batch will be donated to the Corvallis Environmental Center. For info, visit www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org.

Planet Boogie. Downtown Dance, 223 NW 2nd St. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Suggested donation: $5 to $10. For all ages. A freestyle dance event, featuring eclectic and world beat music. For info, call 541-752-1997 or visit www.facebook.com/groups/planetboogie.

The Flow. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Classic rock music. For info, visit http://imaginecoffee.net.

Danse Quixotic. The Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. 8 p.m. Cost: $5 to $15. Willamette Apprentice Ballet is pleased to present Danse Quixotic, an evening of dance that features excerpts from the 19th century classical ballets Don Quixote and Sylvia. Includes guest performers from Corvallis Academy of Ballet, East West Dance, and Legacy Ballet of Albany. Three graduating seniors will be featured in solo variations throughout the performances. For info or tickets, visit www.majestic.org/willamette-apprentice-ballet.

Pseudoboss and the Dovecotes. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 10 p.m. Cost: $5. Retro and indie rock bands. For info, visit http://bombsawaycafe.com.

The Cascadian Groove Connection. Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, 126 SW 1st St. 10 p.m. Cost: $3 to $5. Southern-fried funk and rock and roll. For info, visit http://cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife.

 

Sunday, April 19

Just a Game Con. Elks Lodge, 1400 NW 9th St. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $8 per day, $12 for the weekend. A bi-annual gaming convention organized and run by Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics and volunteers. In addition to having a huge library of games that can be rented for free, they will have various gaming events throughout the weekend. For info, visit www.justagamecon.com/schedule-of-events.

Zen Meditation. The Yoga Center of Corvallis, 111 NW 2nd St. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. No charge. Donations accepted. For info, call 541-754-4124.

Spring Open House. Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy. 20. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free. Welcome spring by celebrating at Garland’s 78th anniversary party. The weekend is packed with amazing classes and great guests. For info, call 541-753-6601 or visit http://garlandnursery.com/events.html.

Yoga for Recovery. Live Well Studio, 971 Spruce Ave. 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. For recovery from substance abuse, eating disorders, codependency. By donation. For info, visit www.livewellstudio.com.

Relax and Recharge. Willamette Wellness Center, 6735 SW Country Club Dr. 5 – 6 p.m. Learn practical stress management techniques for use in daily life to relax, recharge, and remain centered within. For info, call 541-929-5555 or visit www.fitnessover50.info/programming.html.

 

Monday, April 20

Dicemasters. Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics, 2075 NW Buchanan Ave. 5 p.m. Every Monday. DiceMasters is an all-new, cross-brand offering utilizing WizKids Games’ proprietary Dice Building Game platform where players collect and assemble their “team” of character dice and battle in head-to-head game play. For info, visit www.ilovespidey.com/heroclix.html.

Five Stones Sangha: Mindful Meditation. Friends Meeting House, 3311 NW Polk Ave. 5:30 – 7 p.m. Five Stones Sangha meets regularly every week to practice meditations and strengthen mindfulness. For info, call 541-760-9760 or visit www.fivestonessangha.org.

Pu’uwai O Ke Kuawa Heart of the Valley Hula. First Baptist Church, 125 NW 10th St. 5:30 – 7 p.m. Cost: $5 per class. First class is free. All shapes, sizes, and levels of ability are invited to try this gentle form of Hawaiian dance and expression. For info, call 541-908-9190 or visit www.corvallishula.com.

Heroclix: Snips & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails. Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics, 2075 NW Buchanan Ave. 5:30 – 8 p.m. Every Monday. For info, visit  www.ilovespidey.com/heroclix.html.

Susan Kelly Workshop: And the Curtain Rose. First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost: free for members of Willamette Writers, $5 for guests, $10 for non-members. Participants will learn practical ways to master their novel’s opening. All must bring a printed, double-spaced copy of their opening scene to work on. For info, visit http://willamettewriters.com/wwotr or contact corvallis@willamettewriters.com.

Prenatal Yoga. Live Well Studio, 971 Spruce Ave. 7 – 8:15 p.m. Every Monday. Drop-in. Cost: $50 for 30-day intro offer. For info, visit www.livewellstudio.com.

Hoolyeh International Folk Dance. 1180 SW 25th Ave., Albany. 7 p.m. Every Monday. Cost: $4. For info, contact 541-967-8017 or grholcomb96@gmail.com.

Bryson Skaar. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Every Monday. Free. For info, visit http://imaginecoffee.net.

 

Tuesday, April 21

Rita Colwell Talks. OSU Campus. 3:30 & 7 p.m. Free.  The talk at 3:30 p.m., “Just because you are a pawn, you do not have to lose the game,” is about Colwell’s experience as a woman in science and will be in Kearney Hall, Room 112, 1491 SW Campus Way. The lecture at 7 p.m. will be at LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall, 875 SW 26th Street. It’s titled “Oceans, Human Health, and Infectious Disease: The Story of a Marine Bacterium, Vibrio cholera.” Colwell is currently involved in the creation of an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues in collaboration with Safe Water Network. For info, visit http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/apr/former-national-science-foundation-director-speak-osu.

Teen Yoga. Live Well Studio, 971 Spruce Ave. 4 p.m. All teens welcome, all levels. Free. For info, visit www.livewellstudio.com.

Corvallis Community Choir Rehearsals. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd. 7 – 9 p.m. Runs through June 9. Newcomers welcome. No audition required. Director: James Moursund. Cost: $50 per term or $5 per week. For info, contact 541-740-6068 or nonandjay1@gmail.com, or visit www.corvalliscommunitychoir.us.

League of Women Voters – Climate Change. Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. 7 p.m. Free. League of Women Voters presentation, “Special Taxing Districts 101.” Public welcome. Co-sponsored by the Corvallis Public Library. For info, call 541-752-4635.

2 Step Tuesdays. Riley’s Billiards Bar & Grill, 124 SW Broadalbin St., Albany. 7 – 11 p.m. Free. A night of down-home fun. For info, call 541-926-2838.

Celtic Jam. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Every Tuesday. Free. For info, visit http://imaginecoffee.net.

Timba Tuesday. Impulse Bar & Grill,1425 NW Monroe Ave. 7:30 p.m. No cover. Join the Rumbanana Salsa Group every Tuesday night after Rumbanana’s classes at Impulse Bar & Grill. A Cuban dance party held each week featuring the awesome music of Cuba. Under 21 can be at Impulse until 10 p.m. For info, visit www.rumbanana.org.

 

Wednesday, April 22

LBCC Earth Day Celebration & Community Fair. LBCC College Courtyard, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany. 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Free. Make a mason bee nest box, plant a flowerpot with flowers donated by Peoria Gardens, make art using recycled materials, buy an Earth Day T-shirt, learn about alternative energies, recycling and composting, water conservation, sustainable community resources. Tom Kaye, executive director of the Institute for Applied Ecology and OSU associate plant and botany professor,  will give a  butterfly conservation talk, “Even Monarchs Get the Blues: Butterfly Conservation in Western Oregon,” from noon to 1:50 p.m. in the Forum building, Room 113. For info, call 541-917-4411 or visit www.linnbenton.edu/events/earth-day-celebration-tuesday-april-22-11-a-m-1-30-p-m-courtyard.

Fix Your Soil with Biology. The Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. 12 – 1 p.m.  Free. In honor of Earth Day, learn how to restore the soil by managing its microorganisms. For info, visit http://cbcpubliclibrary.net/fix-your-soil-with-biology.

Mr. Bill’s Trivia Night. Murphy’s Restaurant & Lounge, 2740 SW 3rd St. 7 – 10 p.m. The fun begins with a tuxedo-clad Mr. Bill inviting everyone to form a team and play trivia “Mr. Bill’s” style. For info, visit www.mrbillstrivia.com/index.html.

Cheap Night at the Darkside Cinema. Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St. Cost: $7 for all shows on Wednesday (and every day before 6 p.m.). Bring a container for discounted prices on popcorn. For info, visit http://darksidecinema.com/index.html.

Earth Day Celebration with Jeez Loueez and 3 for Silver. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. 9 p.m. Free. Jeez Loueez, a band out of Eugene, plays solid stomping, funky, funny, 20s acoustic washboard junkyard jazz and oddball novelty tunes. 3 for Silver’s front-man plays a couple of custom-made instruments: a five-string bass banjo and a strange, stand-up bass that also functions as a percussion instrument. The music is mostly original and super funky. For info, visit http://bombsawaycafe.com.

 

Thursday, April 23

Beyond Earth Day: Sprout! OSU, MU Quad/SEC Plaza, 2501 SW Jefferson Way. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn how to grow plants using reusable materials. Growing Food Security is working to grow a sustainable and equitable food system together. For info, visit http://web.businessservices.oregonstate.edu/apps/recycle/EarthDay/index.cfm.

Betsey Miller and Deluxe Brewing Tasting. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave. Tasting: 6 p.m.; Music: 9 p.m. Local singer-songwriter plays guitar, harmonica, percussion, and sings. For info, visit http://bombsawaycafe.com.

Meet the Author: Douglas Perry. Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW 2nd St. 7 p.m. Free. Stop by for a reading and signing of Perry’s Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero. For info, visit www.grassrootsbookstore.com.

Michelle Hazelton. Peacock Bar & Grill, 125 SW 2nd St. 7 – 8 p.m. No cover; tip jar show. Minors welcome till 8 p.m. Enjoy a late dinner or a few drinks with friends while listening to Hazelton’s acoustic styles.

 

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