Family Events Calendar: 2-15 to 2-22

Thursday, February 15

Preschool Storytime. Main Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Free. Preschool storytime is for children 3-5 years old and happens every Thursday from 10:30-11:00 AM. Storytime is offered year-round as a drop-in program: first come, first served. Space is limited due to the room capacity and to provide a positive, safe environment for all. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Many lasting friendships start at Storytime! Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/preschool-storytime-15788 more info.

Squishtivities at the Monroe Community Library. Monroe Large Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Free. This event takes place at the Monroe Community Library. Held once a month for parents and/or caregivers and children of any age, (adults must attend with their youth). Create, play, and learn with sensory play, exploration & crafts. Presented by Strengthening Rural Families. Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/squishtivities-monroe-community-library-4 for more info.

Teen Dystopian Trivia. Main Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. Free. Test your knowledge of Dystopian Fiction! Come with a team of 4-6, or get teamed up at the event. Snacks will be provided, and prizes awarded. Whether you love the Hunger Games or other classics of the genre, come see if your team has what it takes to win! For grades 6-12. Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/teen-dystopian-trivia-17809 for more info.

Ian Larson: Flowers in the Grime of a Putrefied Utopia. Fairbanks Hall, Fairbanks Gallery, 220 SW 26th Street, Corvallis. Free, open to all. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. This presentation of visceral bacchanalia and degenerative portraiture features glimpses into narratives, with a focus on the human figure existing in both fantasized and representational environments– centered around characters belonging to their own social contexts, where fictitious chaos meets blatant references, satirical violence, and humor while acting upon their animal, mortal, carousing nature. The paintings and drawings are depictions of struggle between intellect and imagination with exploited, often tragic exiguity. Visit https://events.oregonstate.edu/event/ian_larson_flowers_in_the_grime_of_a_putrefied_utopia for more info.

Corvallis Arts Walk. Downtown Corvallis. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Visit downtown Corvallis to tour the working studios of our local artists, see them at work, and view their art! The Corvallis Arts Walk (CAW) is a grass-roots organized art walk that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month in downtown Corvallis from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Galleries, studios, arts and crafts stores and the occasional pop-up keep their doors open late to host an art-related event or demonstration. Visit https://www.visitcorvallis.com/eventdetail/3936/corvallis-arts-walk#eventdetail for more info.

Live Music: Dennis Monroe’s Funked Up Blues Jam. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St, Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free. Dennis Monroe’s Funked Up Blues Jam live at the Old World Center! Visit https://www.oldworldcenter.com/#Events for more info.

Audubon Program: Dana Ros, Entomologist on Threatened and Endangered Butterflies. Chandler Ballroom, Corvallis Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave, Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Online option also available. All ages welcome. Native grasslands in Oregon have have disappeared, leaving only rare patches for Willamette Valley butterflies that depend on them for food and shelter. Dana Ross will present an overview of Benton County butterflies, describe the natural history of our local rare species, and touch on others found further afield in Oregon. Visit https://auduboncorvallis.org/ for more info.

Friday, February 16

Family Storytime. Main Meeting Room, Corvallis Branch, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Free. Family Storytime is for children of all ages. Storytime is offered year-round as a drop-in program: first come, first served. Space is limited due to the room capacity and to provide a positive, safe environment for all. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Many lasting friendships start at Storytime! Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/family-storytime-15824 for more info.

C3 GameCon. Corvallis Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Avenue, Corvallis. 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. $12 – $27. Enjoy two days of cosplay, RPGs, fanart and more on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17, 2024. Expect multiple cosplay contests, live tabletop gaming, and local vendors. This event is for the community to celebrate all things gaming and RPGs. Learn more and buy tickets ($12-$27). Children as young as 10 may enjoy some aspects of the con but may be limited in participating. Some scheduled games and areas are limited to 14+ due to adventurous content. Open gameplay is open to all. See game session list below for appropriate ages! You must be 14+ to purchase tickets on your own. Parents or guardians may purchase tickets for children 5+. Children 5 and under do not require a ticket. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/c3/page/c3-gamecon for more info and tickets.

Music à la Carte: Opus Magnum, classical duo of voice and piano, Nathaniel Kondrat, bass, and Ana Maria Lupu, piano. Memorial Union Building (MU), MU Lounge, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 12 p.m. Free and Open to all! American bass vocalist Nathaniel Kondrat studied voice at Oregon State University, receiving a B.A. in music in 2008. He went on to receive a master’s degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2011. An enthusiastic recitalist, Kondrat’s repertoire includes Shubert, Schumann, Williams, Beethoven, and Finzi. He was a finalist at the NAATSA singing competition in Orlando, Florida in 2014, and has participated in master classes with Sir Thomas Allen, Nathan Gunn, and Fracois le Roux. Kondrat was accepted into the Acadamie Musicale de Villecroze in 2014 and received a scholarship to work with Stephen Stubbs in the Accademia D’amore. In 2018, he was a prize winner at the Rheinsbert Castle International Competition in Germany, where he now resides. Visit https://events.oregonstate.edu/event/music_a_la_carte_opus_magnum_classical_duo_of_voice_and_piano_nathaniel_kondrat_bass_and_ana_maria_lupu_piano for more info.

Bingo at the Grange. Willamette Grange Hall 27555 Greenberry Rd., Corvallis. Enjoy a family friendly evening of Bingo $10/10 pack-3 games/page, 50/50 $1 a ticket and games at Willamette Community and Grange Hall. popcorn, sodas. Funds go to help Willamette Grange Hall restoration. Visit https://sustainablecorvallis.org/ for more info.

Live Music: Mule On Fire. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St, Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free. Mule On Fire bring their own particular Northwest weave of blues, folk, jazz, and traditional music. Show starts at 7. Visit https://www.oldworldcenter.com/#Events for more info.

Singu-hilarity. Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. $15. From electronic music played on a novel musical instrument to a robotic stand-up comedian headliner, this comedy variety show has everything needed to delight and entertain your inner nerd. Join us for a collision of the spirit of vaudevillian performances of old with the technologies of modern day. Featuring: Music by Valerie Benti, Comedy by Naomi Fitter, Naughty Math by Sarah Hagen, Art by Isaac Paris, Comedy by Jon the Robot, & Music by Chet Udell. Hosted by: Elena Passarello of Live Wire. Visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=7&p=1 for more info.

Saturday, February 17

Corvallis Indoor Winter Market. Benton County Fairgrounds, Guerber Hall, 110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Outdoor markets in Corvallis and Albany are run by Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets. The Corvallis Indoor Winter Market is one of western Oregon’s oldest weekly indoor winter markets. The market offers a broad variety of fine quality crafted items from artist drawings to handcrafted jewelry. The food selections are also outstanding! From organically grown vegetables and fruits to artisan baked breads, this weekly market offers a broad selection. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Guerber Hall at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Visit https://corvalliswintermarket.wordpress.com/ for more info.

Art Market. The Gray Lab, 314 SW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Support local artists at the Art Market! A collaborative event between Matchai Designs and Greenhouse Coffee + Plants, this pop-up event offers the ability to shop for artwork from upcoming artists based right here in the Willamette Valley. A raffle will also be taking place at the event. You can find us at The Gray Lab right next door to Greenhouse on February 17th from 10am – 4pm. See you there! Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2639814139511747/ for more info.

C3 GameCon. Corvallis Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Avenue, Corvallis. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. $12 – $27. Enjoy two days of cosplay, RPGs, fanart and more on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17, 2024. Expect multiple cosplay contests, live tabletop gaming, and local vendors. This event is for the community to celebrate all things gaming and RPGs. Learn more and buy tickets ($12-$27). Children as young as 10 may enjoy some aspects of the con but may be limited in participating. Some scheduled games and areas are limited to 14+ due to adventurous content. Open gameplay is open to all. See game session list below for appropriate ages! You must be 14+ to purchase tickets on your own. Parents or guardians may purchase tickets for children 5+. Children 5 and under do not require a ticket. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/c3/page/c3-gamecon for more info and tickets.

Polar Plunge Corvallis. Crystal Lake Sports Park & Boat Ramp, 100 SE Fischer Lane, Corvallis. 10 a.m. Free. Polar Plunge is a fundraiser  directly impacts the lives of Special Olympics Oregon Athletes. By participating you provide 5,000+ Special Olympics Oregon Athletes access to sports, activities, and community. Help raise $90,000 to support Special Olympic athletes in Oregon through the 2024 Polar Plunge! You can help fundraise for the cause once you register. Or just make a donation. Visit https://support.soor.org/event/2024-corvallis-polar-plunge/e505679 for more info.

¡Los Cuentos! Bilingual Storytime. Main Meeting Room, Corvallis Branch, 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis. 10:30 a.m. -11 a.m. Free. ¡Los Cuentos! is a bilingual storytime, in Spanish and English, for children of all ages. Storytime is offered year-round as a drop-in program: first come, first served. Space is limited due to the room capacity and to provide a positive, safe environment for all. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Many lasting friendships start at Storytime! Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/los-cuentos-bilingual-storytime-16828 for more info.

Digital Life: Discover the Library. 2nd Floor Classroom, Corvallis Branch, 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis.11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Free. Learn how to download audiobooks and ebooks, stream movies, take an online class, learn a new language, and much more all for free with your library card. Discover the tremendous value your library card has to offer! Please bring your device, library card number, and password/PIN. Digital Life classes on computer and technology topics take place in the 2nd floor classroom. For a full list of classes, visit www.cbcpl.net/digital-life. Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/digital-life-discover-library-16808 for more info.

Howland Community Open Reception. The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Avenue, Corvallis. 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Celebrate community at the Howland Open reception and awards presentation on February 17, 2024! People’s Choice Awards and this year’s Cherry Picks will be revealed, and free food and drinks will be provided. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/316609831175270/ for more info.

Games Day. Main Meeting Room, Corvallis Branch, 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will be highlighting the popularity and power of games and play, monthly on the third Saturday of each month through April 2024. Join the Corvallis-Benton County Library for Games Day beginning on Saturday, February 17th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Meeting Room and continuing monthly on the 3rd Saturday of the month through April (Feb. 17, Mar. 16, and Apr. 20). A wide variety of board games, card games, and video games for all ages will be free to play on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees may drop in at any time during the event to try new games, play old favorites, or simply watch all of the fun. Examples of games that will be available include classic favorites such as Candyland, Chutes & Ladders, Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, and Checkers; new standards such as Settlers of Catan, Forbidden Island, Apples to Apples, and Pandemic; and various video games for consoles such as Nintendo Switch. Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/games-day-16819 for mor info.

Murder on the 518. The Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis. 7 p.m. $13 – $16. Red-eye travelers on the westbound 518 are in for a surprise when first one passenger, and then another, mysteriously drop dead right before their eyes — and just as the train is halted by a rock slide in an isolated canyon. Because the pair appears to have been poisoned, anyone and everyone in the train dining car is a suspect! This family-friendly mystery is sure to keep the audience guessing right up until the train pulls into the station. Hold on tight — Murder on the 518 is quite the ride! Rated: G. Visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=221232 for more info.

Willamette Valley Symphony. Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 SW Research Way, Corvallis. 7 p.m. $18 – $20. Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B, Op. 104 will feature soloist Jason Duckles and the orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7. Visit https://wvsymphony.ticketleap.com/from-darkness-to-light/ for more info.

Sunday, February 18

Table Top Game Day. Common Fields, 545 SW 3rd St., Corvallis. All day. Sundays are game days at Common Fields. Come join us while we play board games, table top games, card games, and even D&D campaigns. $1 off drinks if playing a table top game. Visit https://www.commonfieldscorvallis.com/recurring-events.html for more info.

Care Clinic: Low Cost Vax & Track Clinic. Heartland Humane Shelter & Care, 398 SW Twin Oaks Cr., Corvallis. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. $10 – $15. Let Heartland Humane Shelter help with basic care for your companion so they can stay where they belong – with you! Join for the 2024 Care Clinics to get affordable microchips and vaccinations (cats and dogs) and spay/neuter (cats only). Visit https://heartlandhumane.org/care-clinics/ for more info.

Local Hikes in Corvallis w/ Maureen. Bald Hill, Meet at CMLC, 2638 NW Jackson Ave, Corvallis. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. Join for the first-ever Hiking Group at Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. Meet at the CMLC Parking Lot (2638 NW Jackson Ave) to carpool. Families are warmly welcomed. Dress for the weather. Visit https://cmlcenter.org/ for more info.

Murder on the 518. The Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis. 3 p.m. $13 – $16. Red-eye travelers on the westbound 518 are in for a surprise when first one passenger, and then another, mysteriously drop dead right before their eyes — and just as the train is halted by a rock slide in an isolated canyon. Because the pair appears to have been poisoned, anyone and everyone in the train dining car is a suspect! This family-friendly mystery is sure to keep the audience guessing right up until the train pulls into the station. Hold on tight — Murder on the 518 is quite the ride! Rated: G. Visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=221232 for more info.

Willamette Valley Symphony. Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 SW Research Way, Corvallis. 4 p.m. $18 – $20. Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B, Op. 104 will feature soloist Jason Duckles and the orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7. Visit https://wvsymphony.ticketleap.com/from-darkness-to-light/ for more info.

Monday, February 19

Library Closed. All Benton County Branches. All day. All Library Branches Closed for President’s Day. Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/events/library-closed-19 for more info.

Tuesday, February 20

Infant Storytime. Main Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Free. Infant Storytime occurs every Tuesday from 10:30 – 11:00 AM and is for children 0-12 months old. Storytime is offered year-round as a drop-in program: first come, first served. Space is limited due to the room capacity and to provide a positive, safe environment for all. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Many lasting friendships start at storytime! Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/infant-storytime-15585 for more info.

Little Listeners Storytime at the Monroe Community Library. Monroe Large Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Free. This event takes place at the Monroe Community Library, 380 N. 5th St., in Monroe, OR. Children of all ages are welcome to drop by with their parent or caregiver for stories and songs. Storytime is offered year-round as a drop-in program. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Many lasting friendships start at storytime! Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/little-listeners-storytime-monroe-community-library-69 for more info.

LEGO Day. Philomath Meeting Room, Philomath Branch, 1050 Applegate St., Philomath. 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free. Spend the afternoon building LEGO, DUPLO and K’NEX creations! All ages welcome. Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/lego-day-25 for more info.

Trivia Night. Common Fields, 545 SW 3rd St., Corvallis. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Max Team size is 6 people. Show up early to sign your team up for the chance to win fun prizes. Visit https://www.commonfieldscorvallis.com/events.html for more info.

Wednesday, February 21

Toddler Storytime. Main Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Free. Toddler storytime occurs every Wednesday from 10:30 – 11:00 AM and is for children 1-3 years old. Storytime is offered year-round as a drop-in program: first come, first served. Space is limited due to the room capacity and to provide a positive, safe environment for all. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Many lasting friendships start at Storytime! Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/toddler-storytime-15699 for more info.

Philomath Storytime. Philomath Meeting Room, Philomath Meeting Room, 1050 Applegate St, Philomath. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Free. Children and families are invited to join our all-ages storytime at the Philomath Community Library. The library will share short stories, songs, and rhymes. Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/philomath-storytime-17410 for more info.

Live Music Wednesdays: Michelle Dedman. Common Fields, 545 SW 3rd St., Corvallis. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Join Common Fields for the winter season and enjoy live music in their taproom. These live events are for all ages, have no cover, and will feature solo artists/small bands. Jazz and Old-time classic standards. Solo performer Electric guitar and vocals.Visit https://www.commonfieldscorvallis.com/events.html for more info.

All The Way Open Mic Comedy. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St, Corvallis. 7:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic Comedy hosted by Terry Geil! Sign-up starts at 7:30, comedy starts at 8! Visit https://www.oldworldcenter.com/#Events for more info.

Thursday, February 22

Preschool Storytime. Main Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Free. Preschool storytime is for children 3-5 years old and happens every Thursday from 10:30-11:00 AM. Storytime is offered year-round as a drop-in program: first come, first served. Space is limited due to the room capacity and to provide a positive, safe environment for all. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Many lasting friendships start at Storytime! Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/preschool-storytime-15788 more info.

Monroe Baby Storytime. Monroe Children’s Area, 380 N 5th St, Monroe. 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Free. Join the Monroe Community Library to read, sing, rhyme and move, followed by free play! Thursdays at 11:00 AM, for ages 0-24 months and their caregivers. Storytime is offered year-round as a drop-in program. Children must be accompanied by a grown-up. Many lasting friendships start at storytime! Visit https://corvallisbenton.librarycalendar.com/event/monroe-baby-storytime-3 for more info.

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School Board Special Meeting. Lincoln Elementary School, 110 SE Alexander Ave, Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. All school board meetings, work sessions, and retreats are open to the public, but executive sessions are not open to the public. Times and locations are subject to change. Extra meetings are sometimes scheduled, and types of meetings sometimes change. Current meeting announcements and agendas are posted on this website and official notice is posted at the school district administrative offices. The agenda can be found at: https://www.csd509j.net/about-us/school-board/school-board-meetings/. Visit https://www.csd509j.net/calendar/ for more info.

Live Music: Sarah Saul’s Jazz Jam. Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St, Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free. Sarah Saul’s Jazz Jam every fourth Thursday at the Old World Deli! Visit https://www.oldworldcenter.com/#Events for more info.

Newsies: The Broadway Musical. CSD Theater, 1400 NW Buchanan Avenue, Corvallis. 7 p.m. $8 – $15. Despite being set during the late 1800s, Newsies manages to remain as important as ever for audiences as it puts in the spotlight those who stand up for themselves while not letting big business owners kick them around. especially since industrial action has become part of our regular lives; the coming-of-age tale has a universal appeal for people of all ages.Visit https://csdtheaters.com/ & https://csdtheaters.com/buy-tickets/ for more info.

Ecology Tap Talk: SOIL! Common Fields, 545 Southwest 3rd Street, Corvallis. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Grab your favorite beverage and join Marys River Watershed Council (MRWC) for our February Ecology Tap Talk, featuring a presentation by James Cassidy, soil scientist and instructor at Oregon State University. MRWC’s monthly Ecology Tap Talks take place on the third Thursday of each month at Common Fields in downtown Corvallis (in their heated indoor or covered outdoor areas), and 10% of food and beverage sales support MRWC’s environmental education and restoration work in the Marys River watershed. NOTE: Tickets are not required for this FREE event! Plan to arrive early to get seats and, if desired, order food and beverages. Talk starts at 6PM. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecology-tap-talk-soil-tickets-790619513247 for more info.

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