Juggler Michael O’Neill. Lebanon Library 55 Academy St., Lebanon. 11 a.m. Free.
This is part of the “Children’s performers series,” but who cares? Michael is a juggler/clown extraordinaire, having studied at Castleton State College in Vermont, later being accepted to an intensive program at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Do I really have to sell this one to you? Stop off that day and get some donuts from Sugar Vibes while you’re in town. For info, visit lebanonpubliclibrary.com.
Bard in the Quad: The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Memorial Union Quad, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. General Admission $15, Senior/Student/Youth $10, and OSU Student $5.
Rainbow in the Clouds. Salty Dog Corvallis, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9 p.m. Free.
Rainbow in the Clouds is the long-standing LGBT dance party we’ve come to know and live. This time it’ll be hosted at the freshly minted Salty Dog, but it happens every first Friday of the month. Food, drink, dance, and fun. For info, visit facebook.com/RainbowintheClouds/.
Lili St. Anne & Mbrascatu & Nora Virginia. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m.
Featuring Farmed Goods, Mr. P Chill, Oscar Goldman, Mike Weaver, and Nappy THC. Rap at its finest in a town that doesn’t get enough of it! Basically, you’re not going to want to miss this one. For info, visit facebook.com/pg/bombsawaycafe/events/.
When you’re looking for a bass, a guitar, some drums and a vocalist to slap you in the ears with a punky sorta rockabilly sorta mix of goodness – and really, when do you not? — Sharkmouth is on tap. They’ll be joined by rockers extraordinaire Drag Rag, who coincidentally will also cram some awesome stuff right up your ears. $5? Sounds like a steal to me (and it is). For info, visit facebook.com/pg/downwarddogdowntown/events/l.
Sunday, August 6
Mother Earth News Fair. Linn County Expo, 3700 Knox Butte Rd. E, Albany. 9 a.m. -5 p.m. $15 -50 dollars.
The mother of all events? Perhaps! At least if you’re a Corvallisite (ironically, this is in Albany). The Mother Earth News Fairs are “fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on: Renewable Energy, Small-Scale Agriculture, Gardening, Green Building, Green Transportation and Natural Health.” Quite a mouthful, but also quite eventful. Nevermind. For info, visitmotherearthnewsfair.com/oregon/.
Bard in the Qaud: The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Memorial Union Quad, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. General Admission $15, Senior/Student/Youth $10, and OSU Student $5.
Bard in the Quad has been bringin’ it hard (does that conform to current slang standards?) since 2006, presenting exciting and quality products on the OSU campus. Toss together a picnic and come hang out on the Memorial Union Quad! A fun summer tradition indeed, and always an excellent show.. For info, visit summer.oregonstate.edu/todo/on-campus/entertainment/theatre.htm
Monday, August 7
Secret drum band. Don Gero. Amenta Abioto. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Museum’s Summer Lecture.Benton County Historical Museum, 1101 Main St., Philomath. 1-2 p.m. Free.
Nancy Bryant is getting “Dressed for the 18th Century.” What does this mean? “From underwear out, Nancy and her assistant will demonstrate the complications, details and cultural expectations of women’s apparel in the 1700s.” Nancy is a retired Professor of Apparel Design, Oregon State University, so she seriously knows her stuff. Sorta random, totally interesting! For info, visit bentoncountymuseum.org/index.php/.
Tuesday, August 8
Edible Garden Tour (Walking Tour #1). SE Stone St. & Alexander Ave., Corvallis. 6-8 p.m. Free. Bountiful Backyard, in partnership with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, offers free annual guided tours of edible gardens. Tours include stops at various sites, where gardeners or small farmers give overviews of their work. There is time for questions and exploration. For info, visit bountifulbackyard.org/edible-garden-tours/.
Graphic Novel Book Club. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Board Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
If you’re into novels, graphics, or even graphic novels, you might want to look into this awesome club. You can pick up a copy of the month’s reading selection (July’s book being “Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir” by Maggie Thrash) at the second floor reference desk. New members are always welcome, and you can find more info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Wednesday, August 9
Book Bike Stop. Corvallis Farmers’ Markets. First & Jackson St, Corvallis. 10 a.m. – Noon. Free.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release. If this doesn’t sound awesome, you’re likely a very disagreeable person. “The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s Book Bike will stop every Wednesday, weather permitting, at the Corvallis Farmers’ Market beginning in June and running through September. The Book Bike, a mobile library on 3-wheels, will bring a collection of new and popular books, movies, and more available for free check out to any Benton County Public Library cardholder. Staff at the Book Bike will be able to sign people up for new library cards as well as renew library items, place holds, and accept library returns.” For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Starker Forest is beautiful, and so is a totally free guided tour of it. It’s about three and a half hours long and starts in front of the Comfort Suites Inn lobby at 12:45 p.m. Along the way you’ll “learn about the different practices of forest management that Starker Forests applies.” Pro tip: dress for success. This is a hike, not a ballroom dance (though who knows…)! You’ll return to the Comfort Suites Inn around 4:30 p.m. For info, visit visitcorvallis.com/things-to-do/starker-forest-tours-philomath-oregon/.
Thursday, August 10
SAGE Summer Concert. Bruce Starker Arts Amphitheater, 4485 SW Country Club Dr., Corvallis. 6-9 p.m. Suggested donation of $10 per family.
The family-friendly SAGE Summer Concerts have proven themselves an excellent showcase of local musicians, and certainly do their part to support local business. Food, drinks, and alcohol will be on hand for sale, as well as free parking (and spots for your bike). All proceeds benefit SAGE Garden. For info, visitcorvallisenvironmentalcenter.org/.
Wild Hog in the Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free. One of the hardest working bands around, Wild Hog hits up their favorite venue. The good news? You’re allowed to go! And there’s great food and drinks. Seriously, what else are you going to do with your Thursday? For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.